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Burnt-necked Eremomela | Eremomela usticollis

The Burnt-necked 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 Burnt-necked Eremomela (Latin name Eremomela usticollis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Eremomela usticollis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 656 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 789. You will find a picture of the Burnt-necked 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 Burnt-necked Eremomela between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Burnt-necked Eremomela is known in Afrikaans as Bruinkeelbossanger.

The Burnt-necked Eremomela has a height of 11 cms and weighs around 9 gms. The head is coloured blue, grey while the bill is coloured grey. The Eremomela usticollis has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a blue coloured back. The eyes are red, 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 blue, grey

Eyes are red, brown

Bill is grey

Legs are pink

Throat is white

Back is blue

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 .

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

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

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

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

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 ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

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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