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Cryptillas victorini (Victorin's warbler) 

[= Bradypterus victorini

Rooiborsruigtesanger [Afrikaans]; Victorin-struikzanger [Dutch]; Bouscarle de Victorin [French]; Rostbrust-buschsänger [German]; Felosa de Victorin [Portuguese]

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Cryptillas victorini (Victorin's warbler) Cryptillas victorini (Victorin's warbler) 

Victorin's warbler, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Victorin's warbler, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to South Africa, occurring from the Cedarberg mountains to Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape. It generally prefers moist, rank bush, such as mountain fynbos found along streams.

Distribution of Victorin's 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.  


Its feeding habits are little known, but it has been observed foraging on the ground, catching beetles mantids and grasshoppers.


  • Only 3 nests have been found in southern Africa, and interestingly they vary in their descriptions. They all were bowl-shaped, but one was made of dead banana sheathing, the other was built of strips of millet bound with spider web, and the other was made of grass, twigs and leaves. They were lined with soft material and placed in the center of grass tussocks.
  • It lays 2-3 eggs, which are incubated mainly by the female.
  • No information is available about the chicks, other than that they are fed by both parents.


Not threatened.


  • 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.