Barratt's Warbler | Bradypterus barratti

Robert's Birding Information: Barrats Warbler

The Barratt's 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 Barratt's Warbler (Latin name Bradypterus barratti) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Bradypterus barratti can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 639 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 794. You will find a picture of the Barratt's 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.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Barratt's Warbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Barratt's Warbler is known in Afrikaans as Ruigtesanger.

The Barratt's Warbler is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Barratt's Warbler has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 15 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Bradypterus barratti has a white coloured throat, brown 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 brown.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Barrats 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.

Barrats Warbler Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Barratt's 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 eggs and they are coloured pink.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The Barratt's Warbler is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

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

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Barratt's Warbler is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.