Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Bamboo Warbler (Bradypterus alfredi)


French: Mégalure des bambous German: Graubrust-Buschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero del bambú

Bradypterus alfredi


, 1890,

Nyangabo, north-east DRCongo


Has been considered allied to B. sylvaticus (which see); to date, present species has not been screened genetically. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. a. alfredi Hartlaub, 1890 – W Ethiopia (Didessa, Bulchra Forest, Gambela), SE South Sudan (Gilo, in Imatong Mts), E DRCongo (S Lendu Plateau and Rwenzoris S to highlands NW of Baraka) and W & E Uganda (Bugoma Forest, Mubuku Valley, Kotido, Mt Morongole and Mt Elgon)#R.
  • B. a. kungwensis Moreau, 1942 – W Tanzania (Mt Kungwe, Mt Mahare), SE DRCongo (Lwiru and Dipidi, in Upemba National Park) and NW Zambia (NW Mwinilunga).
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm. A dark brown and greyish warbler with pale-tipped undertail-coverts, comparatively short tail of twelve broad rounded feathers. Nominate race has top and side of head... read more


    Song a series of hard disyllabic notes, “tchi-ka, tchi-ka, tchi-ka”, repeated 2·... read more


    Varied, both in and outside forest and at forest edge; bamboo, dense ground cover and tall grass... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages in ground stratum, below 1·5 m.


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare and localized throughout its range, for reasons that remain obscure.

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2019). Bamboo Warbler (Bradypterus alfredi). 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 on 21 April 2019).