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Chestnut-vented Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo © Joseph Morlan
River Crossing Lodge, Windhoek, Namibia, 18 July 2023
Photo © safariranger
Etosha National Park, Namibia, December 2006

Alternative Names: Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Rufous-vented Warbler

Curruca subcoerulea

Sylvia subcaerulea
Sylvia subcoerulea
Parisoma subcaeruleum


13·5 cm (5¼ in)

  • Greyish-brown upperparts
  • Black tail has broad white outer tail feathers
  • Grey throat with dark streaking
  • Grey breast and belly
  • Bright chestnut vent
  • Grey eyes
  • White eye ring
  • Black legs

The sexes are similar; juvenile has an unstreaked throat.


Western Africa: found in Angola
Eastern Africa: Zambia
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa (except wetter eastern and north-eastern parts), KwaZulu-Natal and eSwatini


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 4 subspecies.


  • C. s. ansorgei
  • C. s. cinerascens
  • C. s. orpheana
  • C. s. subcoerulea
  • Western South Africa, from Northern Cape south of the Gariep (Orange) River, east to southwestern Free State

Formerly placed in the genus Parisoma.


Thornveld, riverine bush and scrub, semi-arid scrub, bushy hillsides, thickets in savanna.



Their diet consists of insects and small invertebrates such as caterpillars, mantids and spiders. They also eat some fruits and seeds.


Season: August to December in sw Cape, August to March (mainly October-December) in Transvaal, October to January in KwaZulu-Natal, September to March (mainly September-November) in Zimbabwe, December to April in sw Kalahari (where probably partly opportunistic after rain). Nest: Thin-walled cup of dry grass, rootlets and spider web, lined with fine plant fibres and down.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. 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
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2019)

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