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B?hm's Spinetail | Neafrapus boehmi

The B?hm's Spinetail is a Southern African bird that belongs to the apodidae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical Swifts.

The description for the B?hm's Spinetail (Latin name Neafrapus boehmi) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Neafrapus boehmi can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 423 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 232. You will find a picture of the B?hm's Spinetail on page 257.

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 B?hm's Spinetail between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The B?hm's Spinetail is known in Afrikaans as Witpensstekelstert.

The B?hm's Spinetail has a height of 9 cms and weighs around 13,5 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Neafrapus boehmi has a white coloured throat, purple legs and a 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 brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are purple

Throat is white

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

The Neafrapus boehmi 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 B?hm's Spinetail 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 within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The B?hm's Spinetail is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The B?hm's Spinetail 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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