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Camaroptera brachyura (Green-backed camaroptera, Bleating warbler) 

Groenrugkwękwęvoël [Afrikaans]; Kwę-kwęvoël [Afrikaans]; Unomanyuku, Unome [Xhosa]; iMbuzi-yehlathi, umBuzana [Zulu]; Niini (generic term for warblers and eremomelas) [Kwangali]; Mekker-camaroptera [Dutch]; Camaroptčre ŕ tęte grise [French]; Meckergrasmücke (Grünrücken-camaroptera, Graurücken-camaroptera) [German]; Felosa-de-dorso-verde [Portuguese]

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Camaroptera brachyura (Green-backed camaroptera, Bleating warbler) 

Green-backed camaroptera, Nature's Valley, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to southern Africa, occurring from southern Mozambique to the Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. It generally prefers moist bush near watercourses in savanna woodland, also occurring along forest edges, gardens and parks.

Brood parasites

It has been recorded as host of the African emerald cuckoo.


It mainly eats invertebrates, doing most of its foraging in the forest undergrowth, often catching prey disturbed by humans.


  • The nest is built by both sexes, consisting of a ball-shaped structure made of leaves attached together with spider web, lined with finer material such as grass. It is typically placed in a clump of grass, low shrub or sapling, anwhere from ground level to about 2, rarely up to 6 metres up.
  • Egg-laying season is from September-February, peaking from October-December.
  • It lays 2-4 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for about 14-15 days.
  • The chicks are fed by both adults, staying in the nest for roughly 14-15 days.


Not threatened, although it is does not fend well in disturbed habitats.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.