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Chestnut-vented tit-babbler

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Chestnut-vented tit-babbler (Parisoma subcaeruleum) inhabit treed areas that grow near natural watercourses in savannah, semi-arid shrubland, bushy hillsides, the edges of thickets and in gardens. They can be observed flying from bush to bush, usually singly or in pairs.

Distribution: Widespread throughout Namibia less for the southern Namib Desert and the most eastern (and wettest) regions of the Caprivi Strip.

Diet: Eats small beetles, moths, termites, fruits and seeds.

Description: Blue-grey underparts. Often confused with the paler Layard's tit-babbler which has a white (not chestnut) rear vent and undertail coverts.

Breeding: A dry grass cup, lined with plant down and bound by spider web is often placed in the fork of a slender branch in a bush or tree. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid between August and March and incubated for up 16 days.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 15g.

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