French: Fauvette grignette German: Meisengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca azulada
Other common names:
Gourits River, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. ansorgei#R
(Zedlitz, 1921) – SW & S Angola.
S. s. cinerascens
(Reichenow, 1902) – Namibia and Botswana.
S. s. subcoerulea
Vieillot, 1817 – W South Africa (E to SW Free State and Eastern Cape).
S. s. orpheana
(Clancey, 1954) – W & C Zimbabwe, South Africa (W & C Limpopo S to Free State, also N & C KwaZulu-Natal), S Swaziland and lowland Lesotho.
13·5 cm; 14 g. A medium-sized greyish Sylvia with relatively large head, short rounded wings and long tail; much white in outer tail. Nominate race is dark... read more
Song, from bushtop perch, sometimes in shallow flight, consists of loud and musical series of... read more
Savanna woodland in semi-arid areas with scrub, bushes and thickets. In Angola occurs in ... read more
Food and feeding
Detailed studies lacking. Mostly insectivorous, and recorded prey include caterpillars, mantids, spiders (Araneae); fruits and seeds also... read more
Seasonal variable according to rainfall, often breeds opportunistically after rain; mainly Oct–Nov in Zimbabwe; in South Africa,... read more
Resident; little movement, presumably related to altitudinal and juvenile dispersal. Individual in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Relatively common and widespread in favourable habitat in most of range. Distribution apparently has not changed significantly in... read more
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