Euryptila subcinnamomea (Cinnamon-breasted warbler) 

Kaneelborssanger [Afrikaans]; Kopjeszanger kopje [Dutch]; Camaroptère cannelle [French]; Zimtbrustsänger [German]; Felosa-de-peito-canela [Portuguese]

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Distribution and habitat

Endemic to to Namibia and South Africa, preferring rocky outcrops, boulder-strewn slopes and mountainsides with grass and shrubs.

Distribution of Cinnamon-breasted 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 eats insects gleaned from rocks, crevices and shrubs. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:


  • The nest is oval-shaped with a large side-top entrance, built of grey grass or Serruria leaves, secured with spider web and lined with Kapokbos (Eriocephalus africanus) and wool. It is typically placed in a bush such as a restio, Concertina bush (Crassula rupestris) or aloe (e.g. Aloe microstigma).
  • It has been recorded laying 2-4 eggs during the period from July-December.


Not threatened, although its population is scattered, occurring in islands of habitat around inselbergs (large rocky outcrops).


  • 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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