Calamonastes fasciolatus (Barred wren-warbler, Barred warbler) 

Gebande sanger [Afrikaans]; Gebandeerde savannezanger [Dutch]; Camaroptère barrée [French]; Bindensänger [German]; Felosa-barrada [Portuguese]

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Calamonastes fasciolatus (Barred wren-warbler, Barred warbler) 

Barred wren-warbler, Nylsvlei, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Near-endemic to southern Africa, occurring from south-western Angola through Namibia, Botswana and western Zimbabwe to South Africa. It generally prefers semi-arid broad-leaved (with Burkea, Combretum and Commiphora) and fine-leaved (Acacia) savannas, especially with patches of dense undergrowth.

Distribution of Barred wren-warbler in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2.  


It mainly eats insects, such as caterpillars, doing most of its foraging in pairs or groups, gleaning food from leaves and branches.


  • The nest is a thick-walled oval with an entrance on the side near the top, made of fine grass and plant down. It is typically attached with spider web to the foliage of a shrub, small tree or herb, often about 1-3 metres above ground.
  • It lays 2-4 creamy white speckled eggs, usually in the months from November-March.


Not threatened.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 



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