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Long-billed Crombec

Afrikaans name: Bosveldstompstert

A Long-billed Crombec are normally seen hopping around a bush

Long-billed Crombec

Photo © Steven Herbert

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The Long-billed Crombec is a tiny bird that appears to be missing a tail. It is often seen hopping around from branch to branch in a bush.

Although this bird is found from South Africa to Zambia and Tanzania it is sometimes referred to as the Cape Crombec.

Male and female have the same plumage. These birds are small with a length of 12 cm and a weight of around 16 grams.

Long-billed Crombec

Photo © Steven Herbert

The Long-billed Crombec makes its nest low down in a tree with Acacias being a favourite. The nest itself is made of spider web and grasses and hangs down. The female can lay up to 3 eggs.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 238

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 178

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 179

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 205

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 62

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 66

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 170

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 248

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 342

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 342

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 258

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 426

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 437

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 566

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 562

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 330

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 338

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 138

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 38

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 154

List of South African Birds

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