Little Rush-Warbler (African Sedge Warbler)| Bradypterus baboecala

Robert's Birding Information: African Sedge Warbler

The Little Rush-Warbler is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sylviidae bird family group which includes birds such as Leaf-Warblers, Babblers, Warblers.

The description for the Little Rush-Warbler (Latin name Bradypterus baboecala) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Bradypterus baboecala can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 638 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 792. You will find a picture of the Little Rush-Warbler on page 848.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as African Sedge Warbler in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Little Rush-Warbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Little Rush-Warbler (African Sedge Warbler) is known in Afrikaans as Kaapse Vleisanger.

The Little Rush-Warbler has a height of 19 cms and weighs around 14 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Bradypterus baboecala has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

African Sedge Warbler Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

African Sedge Warbler Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Little Rush-Warbler is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Little Rush-Warbler is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks.