Buff-streaked Chat (Campicoloides bifasciatus)
The Buff-streaked Chatt is an endemic bird to the grass biome of SouthAfric, Swaziland, and Lesotho and a favorite species for bird watchers to find visiting the Dullstroom area.
The striking black face, throat, and wings with buff underparts distinguish it from all the other species in the region.
It is a species found at relatively high altitude, they are normally found higher than 1000m above sea level but have been recorded close to sea level in Kwazulu Natal.
They are a locally common species and one of our regulars found in the Dullstroom area.
They love grasslands and are typically on boulder-strewn hillsides and rocky outcrops with scattered bushes and trees typical to what we found in the Dullstroom area.
Buff-streaked Chat is mainly an insect eater but will also feed on some seeds and nectar from Aloes.
They are usually solitary or in pairs or in small family groups in the breeding season.
They can be very active in defending their non-breeding territory by displays, song, and chasing of species like cisticolas, Familiar Chat and African Stonechats also found in the same habitat.
The nest is mainly built by the female.
A large bulky and untidy foundation of grass and roots normally placed on the ground on the downslope side of a boulder or rock or in a crevice in rock or a wall.
Breeding season is normally from September to February with the main season October to November.
Currently, the species are listed as non threated.
Information provided by Roberts Birds of Southern Africa Guide
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