Barred Wren-Warbler | Calamonastes fasciolatus

Roberts Birding Information: Barred Wren Warbler

The Barred Wren-Warbler is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cisticolidae bird family group which includes birds such as African Warblers.

The description for the Barred Wren-Warbler (Latin name Calamonastes fasciolatus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Calamonastes fasciolatus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 658 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 858. You will find a picture of the Barred Wren-Warbler on page 864.

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 Barred Warbler in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Barred Wren-Warbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Barred Wren-Warbler is known in Afrikaans as Gebande Sanger.

The Barred Wren-Warbler is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Calamonastes fasciolatus can be found in other parts of the world.

The Barred Wren-Warbler has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 14 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Calamonastes fasciolatus has a black coloured throat, pink legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Calamonastes fasciolatus 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 grey.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is black.

Back is brown.

Barred Wren Warbler Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Barred Wren-Warbler is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

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

Barred Wrenwarbler Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

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

The Barred Wren-Warbler is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.