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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Long-billed Crombec

Afrikaans name: Bosveldstompstert

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

Long-billed Crombec

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Sylvietta rufescens

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.


References and further reading

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

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

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

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 - 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 - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 338

List of South African Birds

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