Namaqua Warbler

It is a species endemic to the karoo in thick bushes in dry river gullies and reedbeds near rivers and dams.

The Namaqua Warbler is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Namaqua Warbler or White-breasted Prinia is a small passerine bird. The sole member of the genus Phragmacia it was formerly placed in the genus Prinia, but was found to be sufficiently distinct to warrant a genus of its own. This cisticolid warbler is a resident breeder in western South Africa and southern Namibia. It is a species endemic to the karoo in thick bushes in dry river gullies and reedbeds near rivers and dams. More

Distribution of Namaqua warbler in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2. Food It eats a variety of small invertebrates and fruit, foraging in tangled undergrowth, floating derbis and occasionally on the ground. More

Namaqua Warbler, Mountain Wheatear, and a host of scrub species including one of our personal favourites, Fairy Flycatcher, typically putting in an appearance. From Karoopoort we will work our way northwards along the edge of the Karoo to a series of prime sites, in search other desirable species such as Karoo Eremomela, Spike-heeled Lark, Tractrac Chat and Pririt Batis. The fresh Karoo air should have us up early on day two, ready for a pre-breakfast foray for the enigmatic Burchell’s Courser. More

River host Cape Spurfowl, Common Quail, Namaqua Warbler, African Reed-Warbler and European Bee-eater in summer, and a variety of swallows and martins. Waterbirds are mainly found around the Oudebaaskraal dam which is situated on the Tankwa River near the Tanqua Guest House. The dam and reedbeds below the wall host Little Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Greater Flamingo, Black Stork, and a variety of ducks and waders (summer). More

also search for Namaqua Warbler in the watercourses. Formerly classified as a prinia, this species has recently been assigned its own genus, Phragmacia, picturesquely named after its habitat of mixed Phragmites reeds and Acacia thicket. It is a much more secretive bird than the similar Spotted Prinia, but every bit as noisy. If we're really fortunate, we may even spot a Burchell's courser on the plains in some of the areas where we've seen them in the past. More

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The closest place to Cape Town to see Namaqua Warbler is Karoopoort (p.76). It can also be abundant along the Orange River reedbeds (such as those at Upington, p.111); in the Augrabies Falls National Park, (p.112), in the campsite at the Karoo National Park (p.123), at the Shell service station in Calvinia (p.89), and in thickets around Leeu-Gamka and Three Sisters on the N1 national road from Cape Town to Johannesburg. More

Lesser Honeyguides, Klaas's Cuckoo and Namaqua Warbler are found in the thickets along the Renoster River. The park's vegetation varies from almost desert plants in the west, where the rainfall is only 50 mm per annum, to renosterbosveld on the Roggeveld Mountains, with a rainfall of 400mm per annum. Game are being reintroduced with Springbuck, Gemsbuck, Red Hartebeest and Cape Mountain Zebra. Small game such as Bat-eared Fox, Steenbuck, Grey Duiker and hares occur naturally. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Cisticolidae
Genus : Phragmacia
Species : substriata
Authority : (Smith, 1842)