The chestnut-vented warbler, chestnut-vented tit-babbler or rufous-vented warbler, (Sylvia subcaerulea), is 14-15 cm long and weighs around 16 g. Its upperparts are grey-brown, and the tail is black with a broad white band at its tip. This warbler has a white eye ring. The throat is grey with heavy dark streaking, the breast and belly are grey, and the vent area is bright chestnut. The legs are black and the eyes are grey. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile has an unstreaked throat. The Layard's tit-babbler, Parisoma layardi, is the only similar species, but is paler, has more white in the tail, and lacks the chestnut vent.

Habitat and Distribution

The chestnut-vented warbler breeds in southern Africa in Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. This is a common species found in a range of habitats fynbos, scrub, thickets and dry riverbeds.


It is usually seen alone or in pairs, moving through vegetation as it forages for insects and other small invertebrates.


The chestnut-vented warbler builds a cup nest flow in vegetation. This species is monogamous, pairing for life.

Calls and Songs

The call is a loud fluted cheerup-chee-chee.