The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Long-billed Crombec

Afrikaans name: Bosveldstompstert

A Long-billed Crombec are normally seen hopping around a bush

Long-billed Crombec

Photo © Steven Herbert

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The Long-billed Crombec is a tiny bird that appears to be missing a tail. It is often seen hopping around from branch to branch in a bush.

Although this bird is found from South Africa to Zambia and Tanzania it is sometimes referred to as the Cape Crombec.

Male and female have the same plumage. These birds are small with a length of 12 cm and a weight of around 16 grams.

Long-billed Crombec

Photo © Steven Herbert

The Long-billed Crombec makes its nest low down in a tree with Acacias being a favourite. The nest itself is made of spider web and grasses and hangs down. The female can lay up to 3 eggs.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 154

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 38

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 258

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 58

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 330

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 138

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 338

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 562

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 566

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 437

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 426

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 52

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 342

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 342

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 248

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 170

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 66

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 62

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 205

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 98

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 179

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 238

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 178

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 221


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