Alternative Names: Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Rufous-vented Warbler
- Curruca subcoerulea
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.
- C. s. ansorgei
- Coastal southwestern Angola
- 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.
- 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/
- 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
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2019)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Chestnut-vented Warbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Chestnut-vented_Warbler
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