Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Grey-capped warbler

Eminia lepida

Photo by Antti Seelaff (Flickr)

Common name:
grey-capped warbler (en); fuinha-de-barrete-cinzento (pt); éminie à calotte grise (fr); eminia (es); eminie (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Cisticolidae

This African species is found from southern South Sudan and extreme north-eastern D.R.Congo, through Uganda and south-western Kenya, and into Burundi, Rwanda and northern Tanzania.

These birds are 13-14 cm long and weigh 18-20 g.

The grey-capped warbler is mostly found in moist tropical scrublands, also using the undergrowth of moist tropical forests and rural gardens. they favour areas near rivers, streams or waterfalls.

They are insectivorous.

Grey-capped warblers nest in a cup made of plant fibres, where the female lays 2-3 eggs. The eggs are incubated for 12-13 days and the chicks fledge 16 days after hatching.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is reported to be rare to common. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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