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Yellow-bellied Eremomela | Eremomela icteropygialis

The Yellow-bellied Eremomela is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sylviidae bird family group which includes birds such as Leaf-Warblers, Babblers, Warblers.

The description for the Yellow-bellied Eremomela (Latin name Eremomela icteropygialis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Eremomela icteropygialis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 653 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 786. You will find a picture of the Yellow-bellied Eremomela 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 common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Yellow-bellied Eremomela between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Yellow-bellied Eremomela is known in Afrikaans as Geelpensbossanger.

The Yellow-bellied Eremomela has a height of 10 cms and weighs around 9 gms. The head is coloured olive while the bill is coloured black. The Eremomela icteropygialis has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a olive, 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 olive

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are pink

Throat is white

Back is olive, brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Yellow-bellied Eremomela 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 .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Yellow-bellied Eremomela 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 foligae.

The Yellow-bellied Eremomela is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the arid and semi-arid regions of Southern Africa and it can withstand high day and night temperatures

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Yellow-bellied Eremomela is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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