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Green-backed Camaroptera L: 13 cm (5") A small, rotund warbler that often leans forward on a perch and cocks its short tail . This species has red eyes, a green back and nape and grey-white underparts . It is a common resident in low thickets and riverine areas throughout Kruger, hopping about searching for small insects . Usually detected by its call, the two common vocalizations are a nasal “meehrrp” call that gives it the alternative name of ‘bleatingwarbler ’, and a strident, repeated, snapping “strik-strik-strik-strikstrik ” . African Dusky Flycatcher L: 12 cm (4·5") A small, upright, dumpy bird, with typical flycatcher habits, but a shorter tail and wings and slightly darker plumage than Spotted Flycatcher (page 130) . In comparison, it also lacks distinct streaking on the crown and forehead, but may have faint mottling on the breast, and short eyebrows . Kruger’s small resident population is augmented in winter (June–August) by many individuals that move in from the nearby escarpment forests; overall it is uncommon . This flycatcher prefers thick woodland and riverine forest, where high-pitched “tzeet” and “tsirit” calls betray its presence . Other small forest birds 174 African Paradise-Flycatcher L: 17 cm (6·5") (breeding male 34 cm (13·5")) A remarkable, often conspicuous, rusty-backed and rusty-tailed flycatcher with a crest . The breeding male has incredibly long, 17 cm (7"), central tail feathers that trail like the ribbon of a rhythmic gymnast . Both sexes have a dark crest and a blue eye-ring and bill, although juveniles are duller . This is a common spring and summer (September–March) breeding visitor throughout Kruger, with some individuals overwintering . It prefers lush savannah and riverine forest and is very vocal, often giving a repeated, grating “gee-zwee” call and a sweet melodic “willie-willie-willie-wee-wooo” song . BIRDS OF FORESTS AND RIVERINE THICKET immature female male 175 ...