Grey-backed camaroptera

The Grey-backed camaroptera I must confess is a bird which I have seen before but confused with other species. That is until Rob Carr came to visit us. He correctly identified these on one of his many walks out of Footsteps.

Side view – ©Rob Carr
Front view – ©Rob Carr

Bird information.

Where can we see a Grey-backed camaroptera?

The Grey-backed camaroptera pictured above were photographed between Footsteps and the beach, close to our newly formed water park. Otherwise, you would find it in low, dense cover and across Africa south of the Sahara.

What does it look like?

A small bird, at just 11.5 cm long this warbler has grey upper parts and a grey short cocked tail. The wings are olive and the underparts whitish-grey. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are paler yellow on the breast. Source Wikipedia

What does it feed on?

They feed on insects found by foraging on the forest floor.

Want to know an interesting Factoid?

It is a brood parasite which means it relies on other species to raise its young. In this case the Brown-backed honeyguide.

How does it sound?

It is a vocal bird and sometimes is known as the bleating warbler when it sounds an alarm because it resembles the bleating of a lamb, otherwise its song is a ‘Twik Twik Twik Twik Twik

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