Red-winged Warbler ( Heliolais erythropterus, family: Cisticolidae)

The Red-winged Warbler (Latin name Heliolais erythropterus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 682 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 848 also a picture of the Red-winged Warbler on page 865. The Red-winged Warbler belongs to the family of birds classified as Cisticolidae.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Red-winged Warbler is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

In terms of distribution of the Red-winged Warbler in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Red-winged Warbler has been recorded in only 1 sections of the arbitrary Kruger Park regions I selected.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Red-winged Warbler is a small bird about the size of a house sparrow. Do not take this relative indicator as anything other than a rough easy to remember indicator. It is not a accurate visualization. The height of the Red-winged Warbler is about 14 cms and its weight is about 12 gms

The male and female Red-winged Warbler have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is grey, brown.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is black.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is grey, brown.
  • Legs are yellow.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Red-winged Warbler feeds on the ground mainly


Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Red-winged Warbler is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Heliolais erythropterus will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Red-winged Warbler is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are red in colour and number between 2 to 3

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Red-winged Warbler are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas

You will normally see the Red-winged Warbler in pairs or flocks and not as single birds.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Rooivlerksanger

German ... Sonnensnger, Sonnenprinie

Portuguese ... Felosa-d'asa-vermelha

French ... Prinia ailes rousses

Dutch ... 0

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 682

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,