Green-backed Camaroptera

Camaroptera brachyura

What this small, wren-like warbler lacks in size, it more than makes up for in its loud, high frequency bleating. Told from grey-backed camaropteras by its olive-green mantle, back and tail, this charismatic fellow spends his time in the dense undegrowth and tangles of riparian, montane and lowland forest. The biggest question for many birders, however, is “will it remain its own species or be lumped together with the grey-backeds (and for how long)?”

This little guy is a common occurrence in our parent’s garden on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal. Fortunately, its metallic sounding song makes it easy to locate in the dense vegetation surrounding the house. The best spot I know for this species is Umdoni Forest near Pennington.


Green-backed Camaroptera / Forest Creek Lodge, Mpumalanga, South Africa / 14 August 2015 Green-backed Camaroptera / Blyde River Wilderness Lodge, South Africa / 22 July 2013 Green-backed Camaroptera / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 10 September 2013 2 Green-backed Camaroptera / Blyde River Wilderness Lodge, South Africa / 22 July 2013 Green-backed Camaroptera / Ballito, North Coast KZN, South Africa / 22 January 2011 Green-backed Camaroptera / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 10 September 2013 2 Green-backed Camaroptera / Umdoni Forest, South AfricaGreen-backed Camaroptera / Umdoni Forest, South Africa / 13 May 2011 Green-backed Camaroptera / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 10 September 2013 2 Green-backed Camaroptera / Umdoni Forest, South Africa / 13 May 2011
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