Schoenicola brevirostris

A: Breestertsanger

O: Fan-tailed Grassbird


A very overlooked species. Occurs in moist, rank grass often on hill slopes, but also on the verges of wetlands. Call is a very sharp, metallic “zink—zink” repeated regularly. Its large tail makes the bird seem very unbalanced when flying. I have not seen this species too often, although on this trip to the Drakensberg area in March 2014, we did manage to find many Broad-tailed Warblers.