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Red-faced Crombec | Sylvietta whytii

The Red-faced Crombec is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cisticolidae bird family group which includes birds such as African Warblers.

The description for the Red-faced Crombec (Latin name Sylvietta whytii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Sylvietta whytii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 650 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 784. You will find a picture of the Red-faced 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-faced Crombec between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Red-faced Crombec has a height of 10 cms and weighs around 10 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured brown. The Sylvietta whytii has a grey coloured throat, red legs and a grey 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 grey

Eyes are yellow

Bill is brown

Legs are red

Throat is grey

Back is grey

Feeding Habits ...

The Red-faced 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-faced Crombec 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 1 to 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The Red-faced 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 Red-faced Crombec is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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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