French: Crombec à long bec German: Langschnabelsylvietta Spanish: Crombec piquilargo
Other common names:
Oliphants River, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. r. ansorgei
E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 – coastal Angola (Bengo S to Namibe).
S. r. adelphe
Grote, 1927 – SE DRCongo (from N end of L Tanganyika S to E Katanga), W Burundi (Ruzizi Plain), Zambia (except SW and valleys of R Zambezi and lower R Luangwa) and also N Malawi.
S. r. flecki
Reichenow, 1900 – S Angola (W & S Huíla S to Cunene), Namibia (except S), SW Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe Plateau and N South Africa (Northern Province).
S. r. pallida
Alexander, 1899 – SE Zambia (Luangwa and middle Zambezi Valleys), S Malawi, N & E Zimbabwe, Mozambique (S from Tete and Zambezi Valley) and NE South Africa (lowlands of E Northern Province S to N KwaZulu-Natal).
S. r. rufescens
(Vieillot, 1817) – S Namibia, S & SW Botswana, and NW & N South Africa (Northern Cape, North West Province and NW Free State).
S. r. diverga
Clancey, 1954 – C & S South Africa (SE Northern Cape and SW Free State S to Western Cape and Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.
S. r. resurga
Clancey, 1953 – E South Africa (E Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
10–11 cm; 9–14 g. Greyish crombec with pale supercilium and tawny or cinnamon-tinged underparts. Nominate race brownish-grey above, with prominent buffy-white... read more
Song is a loud, high-pitched, variable trilled phrase which is repeated several times, “chree... read more
Drier savanna with thick bushes or scrubby undergrowth; secondary and light mixed woodland of many... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including mantids, beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars; also ticks (Acarina) and grass seeds. Usually alone or in pairs, but... read more
Breeds in Jan in DRCongo, mainly Sept–Nov in Zambia, mainly Sept–Dec in Zimbabwe, Sept–Apr in Malawi and Mozambique, Sept... read more
Mainly sedentary; moves locally at edges of range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon and rather local in N of range but common in S. Densities of 1 bird/2·5 ha in mixed woodland and 1 bird/6 ha in Burkea in N... read more
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