Drakensberg Rock-jumper | Chaetops aurantius

Robert's Birding Information: Drakensberg Rockjumper

The Drakensberg Rock-jumper is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Chaetopidae bird family group which includes birds such as Rock-jumpers.

The description for the Drakensberg Rock-jumper (Latin name Chaetops aurantius) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Chaetops aurantius can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 612 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 735. You will find a picture of the Drakensberg Rock-jumper on page 800.

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 Orange-breasted Rockjumper in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Drakensberg Rock-jumper between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Drakensberg Rock-jumper is known in Afrikaans as Oranjeborsberglyster.

The Drakensberg Rock-jumper 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 Drakensberg Rock-jumper has a height of 22 cms and weighs around 53 gms. The head is coloured grey, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Chaetops aurantius has a black coloured throat, black legs and a red coloured back. The eyes are red.

The male Chaetops aurantius 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, brown.

Eyes are red.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is black.

Back is red.

Drakensberg Rock Jumper 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.

Drakensberg Rock Jumper Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Drakensberg Rock-jumper 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 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 bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Drakensberg Rockjumper is seen singly or in pairs...