French: Fauvette de Layard German: Layardgrasmücke Spanish: Curruca de Layard
Malmesbury, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. l. aridicola
(Winterbottom, 1958) – W & S Namibia and NW & N South Africa (NW Northern Cape E to North West Province and W Free State).
S. l. layardi
(Hartlaub, 1862) – SW South Africa from NW Northern Cape (Port Nolloth) S to Western Cape.
S. l. subsolana
(Clancey, 1963) – Great Karoo and Little Karoo (S South Africa).
S. l. barnesi
(Vincent, 1948) – Lesotho.
13 cm; 15 g. A rather solidly built, medium-sized dark warbler with relatively short and rounded wings, long tail and pale eyes; short, stout bill somewhat curved on upper... read more
Song consists of variety of fluting notes, starting with “tik-txek” calls, and forming... read more
Occupies wide range of habitats, from coastal maquis at sea-level (S South Africa) to mountain... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insectivorous; nestlings consume large amounts of caterpillars. Fruits also recorded, including figs (Ficus); also seeds.... read more
Season Jul–Jan, mostly Oct–Nov; in Lesotho highlands (race barnesi) seems to breed in austral summer, but few data... read more
Probably resident, with some juvenile dispersal, over entire range. Increase noted in SW South... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to common, but scarce in much of its rather small range. Although no estimate of global population available, population seems... read more
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