Alternative name: Blackcap Mountain Babbler
- Sylvia nigricapillus
Length 16-18 cm, mass 30 g
Adult: Head is capped black to mantle and below the eye. The rest of the upperparts are brown and the underparts are pale grey. The bill is orange-pink, the eyes are brown and the legs and feet are pale pink.
Formerly placed in the genus Lioptilus.
Forest patches, forest margins and scrubby vegetation including short woody Leucosidea and Buddleja thickets.
Often solitary. Inconspicuous unless calling.
Food is mainly fruit, but includes insects.
The nest is a cup built by both sexes using plant material, usually within 4 m (12 feet) of the ground. Two eggs are laid between October and February.
Song is distinctive; loud and melodious. Generally only heard in breeding season.
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- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
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