Length 10-11 cm; wing (37) 52,5-54,3-59; tail 38-45; tarsus 18,5-21; culmen 10-11,5. Weight (5) 7,3-8,3-9,3 g.
Iris cream to light yellow; bill horn, base yellowish pink; legs and feet pinkish.
Size very small (smallest eremomela species); above dark bluish grey; below buffy white; cheeks, ear coverts and collar on throat rusty. Immature: Lacks rusty face and collar.
Very high-pitched rapidly repeated twee-twip-ti-ti-ti-ti-ti varying in tempo and dropping in pitch like callnotes of Spectacled Weaver, but higher-pitched, sometimes becoming trilled tirrrrr.
S Africa to Angola and Malawi; in s Africa from s Namibia, n Botswana and n KwaZulu-Natal northwards.
Common in N, uncommon in S; resident.
Acacia savanna, mixed woodland, riverine thornbush.
Usually in pairs or small groups of up to 5 birds; joins mixed bird parties with other warblers, penduline tits and white-eyes. Forages off leaves and twigs in canopy of thorntrees; highly active. Poorly known.
Small insects (as you can see
Season: October to April in RSA, September to April in Zimbabwe.
Cup of felted plant down bound with spider web and covered with dry leaves or insect egg capsules; 36 mm diameter, 25 mm deep; slung in fork in topmost branches of tree 3-6 m above ground.
(6) 2-2,6-4 eggs.
Pale greenish white, sparingly spotted with light brown; measure (12) 16 x 11,8 (14-17,3 x 10,5-12,6).
French: Erémomèle à cou roux
eremomela: Greek er(mia, desert or wilderness; melos, a song.
usticollis: Latin ustus, burnt or scorched (from uro, to burn); collum, the neck.
Source: Roberts 7
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