French: Zostérops de Swainson German: Oranjebrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos del Orange
east of Prieska, Northern Cape, South Africa
N, WC & S Namibia and South Africa (R Orange and R Vaal Basins in Northern Cape, North West Province, Free State and N Eastern Cape).
10–13 cm; 8–20 g. Nominate race has yellow supraloral stripe extending over base of upper mandible (narrow yellow forehead band), narrow (1 mm) white eyering... read more
Daytime song composed of short subdued twittering followed by louder subsong, including mimicry,... read more
Wide variety of habitats in open hilly and coastal country with scattered stands of trees, acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, fruits and other plant parts; arthropods (mainly insects). Nectar taken from aloes (Aloe), Reyena, Scutia... read more
Season generally Aug–Apr in SW of range, gradually shifting to Jun–Feb in NE. Often sings from same place throughout breeding... read more
Usually sedentary. There may be some movement into arid interiors of Karoo and Namaqualand (W South... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally very common to scarce. Locally common in S Namibia, but scarce and irregular in much of N part of range. Very common in much of South Africa... read more
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