Sylvietta rufescens Vieillot, 1817.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Cape crombec; French: Crombec а long bec; German: Langschnabelsylvietta; Spanish: Sylvieta de Pico Largo.
3.9–4.7 in (10–12 cm); 0.3–0.8 oz (8–23 g). Small, nearly tailless bird with brownish gray upperparts, breast and flanks buffy, throat and belly white. Black eyeline surmounted by a light eyeline.
Endemic resident in Southern Africa.
Thick brush, Acacia scrub, open and secondary woodland, often in drier areas.
Solitary or in pairs or family groups. Song a high, variable series of trilled notes. Territorial. Flight bouncy.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Insects, ticks and grass seeds. Forages methodically from bottom to top of bushes and trees. Often joins mixed-species foraging parties.
Monogamous. Nest is large, hanging bag of grasses, spider webs, and plant fibers, close to ground and attached to the lower limbs of a tree, often an acacia. One to three eggs incubated for two weeks; nestlings fed by both parents for two weeks before leaving.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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