French: Crombec à face rousse German: Rotzügelsylvietta Spanish: Crombec carirrojo
Zomba, south Malawi
Subspecies and Distribution
S. w. loringi
Mearns, 1911 – SW Ethiopia (Addis Ababa S to Yabelo and L Abiata), SE South Sudan, NE Uganda (Karamoja) and NW Kenya (S Turkana S to Kapenguria).
S. w. jacksoni
Sharpe, 1897 – Uganda (except NE), SW & C Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, N & C Tanzania (E to Kilimanjaro and Iringa).
S. w. minima
Ogilvie-Grant, 1900 – SE Kenya and NE Tanzania (extending inland to Tsavo, Taveta and Morogoro).
S. w. whytii
Shelley, 1894 – SE Tanzania, Malawi, N & C Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
9 cm; 8–12·5 g. A grey-backed crombec with plain tawny face. Nominate race has top of head and upperparts light grey, face and underparts tawny-buff, paler on belly and... read more
Song a thin “wee see-see, wee see-see” or “esee-sisi-seee, see-sisi-seee”, notes all on same pitch... read more
Woodland, bushland and forest edge; semi-arid thorn-scrub and acacia (Acacia) in E Africa... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars; also spiders (Araneae), small worms. Forages mainly in trees or tall bushes, usually in pairs, commonly... read more
Breeds just before or in early part of rains in E Africa; Aug–Dec in S. Monogamous; territorial. Nest a thick-walled oval pouch with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; generally common and widespread in E Africa. Density 3 pairs/100 ha in brachystegia woodland in Zimbabwe. Adversely affected... read more
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