Grey-backed camaroptera

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Grey-backed camaroptera
Grey-backed Camaroptera (Hobatere).jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Genus: Camaroptera
Species: C. brevicaudata
Binomial name
Camaroptera brevicaudata
(Cretzschmar, 1830)

The grey-backed camaroptera (Camaroptera brevicaudata) is a small bird in the Cisticolidae family. This bird is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Recent studies suggest this species and the green-backed camaroptera may be the same species.

This skulking passerine is typically found low in dense cover. The grey-backed camaroptera binds large leaves together low in a bush and builds a grass nest within the leaves. The normal clutch is two or three eggs.

These 11.5 cm long warblers have grey upperparts and a grey short cocked tail. The wings are olive and the underparts whitish grey. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are paler yellow on the breast.

Like most warblers, grey-backed camaroptera is insectivorous. The call is a whining sheee......sheee, and the song is a crisp twik twik twik twik twik .

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Camaroptera brachyura. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 9 May 2006.