Moustached Grass Warbler (Melocichla mentalis)
aka African Moustached Warbler or Moustached Warbler

Moustached Grass Warblers are small, 7.5" (19cm) birds, albeit large for a Warbler. They have brown upperparts, washed with red. Underparts are brownish-buff. They have a red-ish crown, with brownish nape and mantle. The face has a white 'eye-brow' and there are black stripes running down the sides of the white chin and throat. Eyes are pale creamy-yellow. The bill is black above and horn-coloured beneath. The broad tail is dark, with buff tips. Legs are grey.

Moustached Grass Warblers are seen singly or in monogamous pairs. They build a cup-shaped nest of twigs, grass and other vegetation in dense grasslands. An average of 3 eggs are laid, incubated mostly by the female and both parents raise the chicks.

Moustached Grass Warblers eat insects, including grasshoppers and small beetles.

Moustached Grass Warblers are seen around the Lake Victoria basin and north / west of Nairobi to Mara GR and down to Taita Hills. They are locally common, skulking in tall grasslands and around streams with rank vegetation.

Extra Moustached Grass Warbler Facts
Moustached Grass Warblers can get boisterous, singing loudly from an open perch - a person named Chapin coined the phrase "doesn't it tickle you" as a mimic for this Warbler's memorable song.

Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

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Moustached Grass Warbler

Moustached Grass Warbler