Knysna Warbler | Bradypterus sylvaticus

Robert's Birding Information: Knysna Warbler

The Knysna 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 Knysna Warbler (Latin name Bradypterus sylvaticus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Bradypterus sylvaticus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 640 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 793. You will find a picture of the Knysna 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 Knysna Warbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Knysna Warbler is known in Afrikaans as Knysnaruigtesanger.

The Knysna 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 Knysna Warbler has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 21 gms. The head is coloured olive while the bill is coloured brown. The Bradypterus sylvaticus has a grey coloured throat, pink legs and a olive, brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Bradypterus sylvaticus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

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 olive.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is brown.

Legs are pink.

Throat is grey.

Back is olive, brown.

Knysna 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.

Knysna Warbler Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Knysna 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 red.

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

The Knysna 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.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Knysna Warbler is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.