Have you ever heard the sound that insects make when hitting an electric fence or the sound of rocks banging together or the vocalization of lambs? If so, you may well have heard a grey-backed camaroptera, and will now have some idea how to recognize one in the field. Personally I prefer its previous name; grey-backed bleating warbler. Bleating being the perfect adjective to describe this wren-like bird’s somewhat annoying, alarm call.
This little warbler is very similar to its green-backed cousin, (and may even be the same species) but has a grey not green back and typically occurs in drier habitats.
We first recorded this species in October 2010 while walking along the Moretele river in Borakalalo National Park. It was the beginning of breeding season and we watched as a pair noisily courted one another in the tree canopy. There was lots of wing-snapping, tail fanning and jumping up and down, making it an exciting first encounter.