French: Camaroptère de Stierling German: Wellenkehl-Bindensänger Spanish: Camaróptera de Stierling
Songea, south-east Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. stierlingi
Reichenow, 1901 – SE Tanzania, N Mozambique, E Malawi and W & C Zambia.
C. s. irwini
(Smithers & Paterson, 1956) – extreme SE Angola, extreme NE Namibia and N Botswana through S Zambia and Zimbabwe Plateau to W Malawi and NW Mozambique.
C. s. olivascens
(Clancey, 1969) – C Mozambique.
C. s. pintoi
(Irwin, 1960) – NE South Africa, Swaziland and extreme S Mozambique (S of R Limpopo).
13 cm; male 12–14 g, female 11–13 g. A richly coloured woodland warbler with finely barred underparts. Nominate race has indistinct pale supercilium; crown, ear-... read more
Male song a high-pitched, 3-note or 4-note galloping “tillillup tillillup tillillup” or “biririt... read more
Confined to Zambezian biome; occurs in dense patches of vegetation, including thickets on... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects. Occurs singly, in pairs or in family groups. Forages by gleaning from leaves and twigs, mostly low down and on the... read more
Breeds Oct–Mar. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. In courtship, male performs U-shaped flights over foraging female, drops... read more
Little known; mostly resident, but some evidence of movements following dry summers in NE Botswana.
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Uncommon to locally common. Occurs at densities of 0·3 pairs/ha in broadleaf deciduous woodland in NE Botswana, and 0·02–0·06 birds/ha in acacia savanna... read more
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