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Yellow-bellied eremomela

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Spotting a yellow-bellied eremomela (Eremomela icteropygialis) is far more likely in savannah woodland than in shrubland or a rocky hillside or a garden. Groups of up to 8 are usual.

Distribution: Of the 6 species recorded in southern Africa, 3 are found in Namibia. E.i. icteropygialis prefer the central and southern regions of Namibia, E.i. sharpei dominate the north and some north-eastern regions, whilst E.i. viriitincta are confined to the Kwando/Chobe/Zambezi River systems.

Diet: Searches twigs and foliage, working from the base up to the tops of bushes for termites, beetles, ants, caterpillars, fruits, seeds and nectar.

Description: Yellow-rump (icteropygialis), greyish white breast and upper belly, brownish grey tail and pale olive to brownish-grey crown to upper tail colouring.

Breeding: A nest consists of a tidy thin-walled cup made of dry grass and plant fibres, bound by spider web. In May, the female lays 2 or 3 eggs which are incubated for around 14 days.

Size: 10cm. Weight: 9g.

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