Stierling's Wren-Warbler | Calamonastes stierlingi

Roberts Birding Information: Stierlings Wren Warbler

The Stierling's 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 Stierling's Wren-Warbler (Latin name Calamonastes stierlingi) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Calamonastes stierlingi can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 659 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 859. You will find a picture of the Stierling's 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 Stierling's Barred Warbler in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Stierling's Wren-Warbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Stierling's Wren-Warbler is known in Afrikaans as Stierlingse Sanger.

The Stierling's Wren-Warbler has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 13 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Calamonastes stierlingi has a white, black coloured throat, pink legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are orange.

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 orange.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white, black.

Back is brown.

Stierlings Barred Wren Warbler Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Calamonastes stierlingi attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten.

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

Stierlings Barred Wren Warbler Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Stierling's 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 4 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 bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Stierlings Barred Wren Warbler is normally found singly or in pairs.