French: Mégalure caqueteuse German: Sumpfbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero charlatán
Knysna district, south-east Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
B. b. abyssinicus
(Blundell & Lovat, 1899) – Ethiopia.
B. b. msiri
Neave, 1909 – SE DRCongo and N & W Zambia (to bordering SW Tanzania) S to E & SE Angola, extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip) and NW Botswana.
B. b. benguellensis
Bannerman, 1927 – W Angolan Plateau.
B. b. tongensis
Roberts, 1931 – SE Kenya, E & S Tanzania, E & S Zambia, Malawi, E Zimbabwe and NW, C & S Mozambique S to NE South Africa (E Northern Province, lowland KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
B. b. transvaalensis
Roberts, 1919 – C & SE Zimbabwe, N & E South Africa (highveld of Northern Province, W KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, E Griqualand), W Swaziland and lowlands of Lesotho.
B. b. baboecala
(Vieillot, 1817) – S South Africa (Western Cape, Eastern Cape).
13–15 cm; 11·2–17 g (nominate), 11·2–15 g (race transvaalensis). A medium-sized warbler with short wings, well-graduated tail of 12... read more
Song consists of a series of notes on the same pitch, starting slowly, speeding up, and then... read more
Reeds and swamp vegetation by permanent water. In S parts of range, sedges (Cyperus, ... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects; ant eggs. Forages low down in vegetation, often over water; sometimes takes food on ground.
Egg-laying recorded in Aug–Sept in Ethiopia, and Apr–Nov in DRCongo and E Africa; Sept–Mar in S Africa, but Aug–Jan... read more
Mainly sedentary. Some local but quite extensive movements in Zimbabwe during winter months, and in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Relative abundance somewhat variable, ranging from locally common to rare. Distribution fragmented in N tropics, e.g. sparsely... read more
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