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little rush warbler

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Little rush warblers (Bradypterus baboecala) are also known as the African sedge warbler. Habitats are mainly in sedges, such as papyrus and bulrushes, of marshes, rivers and streams. Much of their time is spent in the lower level of marsh vegetation, although they are known to surface to perch in the early morning.

Distribution: A subspecies B.b. Msiri, can be found in Mahango National Park, Bwabwata National Park and the Zambezi River.

Diet: Eats small insects and ant eggs.

Description: A small, chattering warbler with a fairly broad tail, brownish plumage. The Greek name Bradypterus means 'slow wing', thought to be a reference to their reluctance to flush out of vegetation.

Breeding: Usually 2 to 3 eggs are laid in a reed or coarse grass cup and incubated for up to 14 days.

Size: 18cm. Weight: 13g.

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