Green-backed Camaroptera | Camaroptera brachyura

Roberts Birding Information: Greenbacked Camaroptera

The Green-backed Camaroptera is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cisticolidae bird family group which includes birds such as African Warblers.

The description for the Green-backed Camaroptera (Latin name Camaroptera brachyura) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Camaroptera brachyura can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 657 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 856. You will find a picture of the Green-backed Camaroptera 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 Bleating Warbler in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Green-backed Camaroptera between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Green-backed Camaroptera is known in Afrikaans as Groenrugkw?kw?vo?l.

The Green-backed Camaroptera has a height of 13 cms and weighs around 11 gms. The head is coloured grey, olive while the bill is coloured black. The Camaroptera brachyura has a white coloured throat, red legs and a grey, olive 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 grey, olive.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are red.

Throat is white.

Back is grey, olive.

Green Backed Camaroptera Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Green-backed Camaroptera 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.

The Camaroptera brachyura forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

The bird also drinks nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy.

Greenbacked Camaroptera Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Green-backed Camaroptera 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 Green-backed Camaroptera 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 ...

The Green-backed Camaroptera is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.