Sylvietta whytii (Red-faced crombec) 

Rooiwangstompstert [Afrikaans]; Roodteugelkrombek [Dutch]; Crombec face rousse [French]; Whytes sylvietta [German]; Rabicurta-de-faces-vermelhas [Portuguese]

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Sylvietta whytii (Red-faced crombec)   

Red-faced crombec, Tanzania. [photo Martin Goodey ]


Distribution and habitat

Occurs across the southern half of the DRC through Angola and Zambia to southern Africa. Here it is fairly common across Zimbabwe and central Mozambique, preferring Miombo (Brachystegia) and Zambezi teak (Baikiaea plurijuga) woodland, as well as the edges of evergreen forest.

Distribution of Red-faced crombec 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).


It mainly feeds on invertebrates, plucking them from twigs & branches. It is also a common member of mixed-species foraging flocks. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:


  • The nest is a hanging pouch built of fine bark strips, dead leaves, lichen, seed pods and flowers, bound together with spider web. It is typically suspended between a forked twig on the edge of a bare tree.
  • Egg-laying season in Zimbabwe is from August-December, peaking around September-November.
  • It lays 1-3 eggs, which are incubated mainly by the female for roughly 13-14 days (recorded in captivity). The chicks are fed by both adults, leaving the nest after about 14-17 days.


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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