Bradypterus barratti (Barratt's warbler) 

Ruigtesanger [Afrikaans]; Baratt-struikzanger [Dutch]; Bouscarle des fourrés [French]; Barratts buschsänger [German]; Felosa de Barratt [Portuguese]

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Bradypterus barratti (Barratt's warbler)   

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.


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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