Grey-backed Camaroptera | Camaroptera brevicaudata

Roberts Birding Information: Greybacked Camaroptera

The Grey-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 Grey-backed Camaroptera (Latin name Camaroptera brevicaudata) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Camaroptera brevicaudata can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 856. You will find a picture of the Grey-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.

. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Grey-backed Camaroptera between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Grey-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 brevicaudata has a white coloured throat, pink 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 grey, olive.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Grey Backed Camaroptera 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.

Grey Backed Camaroptera Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Grey-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 bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The Grey-backed Camaroptera is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

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

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

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

It is also seen in flocks.