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Rufous-eared Warbler | Malcorus pectoralis

The Rufous-eared Warbler is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cisticolidae bird family group which includes birds such as African Warblers.

The description for the Rufous-eared Warbler (Latin name Malcorus pectoralis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Malcorus pectoralis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 688 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 849. You will find a picture of the Rufous-eared Warbler on page 865.

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 Rufous-eared Warbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Rufous-eared Warbler is known in Afrikaans as Rooioorlangstertjie.

The Rufous-eared Warbler 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 Rufous-eared Warbler has a height of 16 cms and weighs around 10 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured black. The Malcorus pectoralis has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are red.

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 red

Eyes are red

Bill is black

Legs are pink

Throat is white

Back is grey

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 Malcorus pectoralis forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Rufous-eared 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 7 eggs and they are coloured blue.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Rufous-eared 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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