Familiar Chat

The Familiar Chat (Afrikaans name, Gewone Spekvreter) Is a common resident in the semi-arid areas, loves rocky or hilly terrain.

The Familiar Chat builds a thick cup-shaped nest of plant material lined with hair, wool and feathers. The nest is sometimes placed in a hole in the ground

They usually perch high on a rock, or low shrubs, swooping down on its insect prey. We saw them in the Harold Porter Gardens

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