Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Endangered

Turner's Eremomela (Eremomela turneri)


Taxonomy

French: Érémomèle de Turner German: Braunstirneremomela Spanish: Eremomela de Turner
Taxonomy:

Eremomela badiceps turneri

van Someren

, 1920,

Yala River, Kavirondo District, west Kenya

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Formerly treated as conspecific with E. badiceps, but the two found to be sympatric in E DRCongo. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. t. kalindei Prigogine, 1958 – EC & NE DRCongo (Abyaloze, Kailo, Kalima, Makayobo, Mazali, Beni); an old record from SW Uganda (Nyondo Forest)#R.
  • E. t. turneri van Someren, 1920 – W Kenya (Kakamega Forest, S Nandi Forest).
  • Descriptive notes

    8·5–9 cm; 6–9 g. Nominate has forehead to forecrown chestnut, blackish streak through eye; rear and side of head and upperparts grey; upperwing dark... read more

    Voice

    Rapid series of high-pitched notes, “titititititititi”, followed by louder “si-si... read more

    Habitat

    More open parts of forest at low to medium altitude; edges, clearings and secondary growth, often... read more

    Food and feeding

    Caterpillars and other insects. Forages high in canopy, often in small parties. Tends to be rather higher in trees than E. badiceps... read more

    Breeding

    No information.

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Known from only a few localities. Practically restricted in Kenya to Kakamega and Nandi forests, where common, but potentially threatened by forest encroachment... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. & de Juana, E. (2017). Turner's Eremomela (Eremomela turneri). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/58936 on 24 September 2017).