Bradypterus barratti (Barratt's
Ruigtesanger [Afrikaans]; Baratt-struikzanger [Dutch];
Bouscarle des fourrés [French]; Barratts buschsänger [German]; Felosa de
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Order: Passeriformes > Family: Sylviidae
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Barratt's warbler, top of Sani Pass, Lesotho.
[photo Jim Scarff
Distribution and habitat
Endemic to southern Africa, it is generally prefers dense,
tangled bush along streams, in clearings and at the edge of plantations.
Distribution of Barratt's 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.
Its foraging habits are not well known, however it has been
recorded foraging for insects on the ground.
- The nest is an untidy cup built of twigs, grass, leaves and plant debris
and lined with finer material. It is typically concealed in tangled foliage
either on the ground or placed between some branches.
- Egg-laying season is from September-December.
- It lays about 2 eggs which hatch into chick who are fed by both parents.
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.