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Icterine Warbler | Hippolais icterina

The Icterine Warbler 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 Icterine Warbler (Latin name Hippolais icterina) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Hippolais icterina can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 625 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 804. You will find a picture of the Icterine Warbler on page 849.

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 Icterine Warbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Icterine Warbler is known in Afrikaans as Spotsanger.

The Icterine Warbler has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 12 gms. The head is coloured green, olive while the bill is coloured brown. The Hippolais icterina has a brown, white coloured throat, blue legs and a green, 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 green, olive

Eyes are brown

Bill is brown

Legs are blue

Throat is brown, white

Back is green, olive

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Hippolais icterina attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

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 Icterine Warbler 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 Icterine Warbler 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

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Icterine Warbler 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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