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Red-capped Crombec | Sylvietta ruficapilla

The Red-capped Crombec 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 Red-capped Crombec (Latin name Sylvietta ruficapilla) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Sylvietta ruficapilla can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 652 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 784. You will find a picture of the Red-capped Crombec 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 Red-capped Crombec between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Red-capped Crombec has a height of 12 cms and weighs around 12 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured pink. The Sylvietta ruficapilla has a grey coloured throat, red legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

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 yellow

Bill is pink

Legs are red

Throat is grey

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

The Red-capped Crombec 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 Red-capped Crombec 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 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."

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