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Species Guide

Red-faced Crombec

Sylvietta whytii

The Red-faced Crombec, known scientifically as Sylvietta whytii, is a diminutive and active African warbler. This species, once classified within the Sylviidae family, now finds its place in the Macrosphenidae family. It is easily recognized by its distinctive red face, a feature that lends the bird its common name.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Red-faced Crombec, look for its small size and the striking red patch on its face. The bird's overall plumage is rather unassuming, allowing the red facial marking to stand out as a key identifying characteristic.


The Red-faced Crombec is an inhabitant of various environments, ranging from subtropical or tropical dry forests to moist montane forests. It can also be found in subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, demonstrating a degree of adaptability to different forested habitats.


This species has a broad range across the African continent. It can be found in countries such as Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Conservation status

According to the IUCN Red List, the Red-faced Crombec is classified as Least Concern. This suggests that, currently, there are no immediate threats to its population levels that would warrant a higher degree of conservation action.

Red-faced Crombec Sounds

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