Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus herberti)


French: Pouillot à tête noire German: Schwarzscheitel-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero capirotado

Cryptolopha herberti


, 1903,

Bakaki, Bioko


See P. umbrovirens. Racial identity of population in mainland Equatorial Guinea uncertain; tentatively included in nominate race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. camerunensis (Alexander, 1909) – highlands of SE Nigeria (Obudu and Mambilla Plateaux) and W Cameroon.
  • P. h. herberti (Alexander, 1903) – Bioko and, perhaps this race, mainland Equatorial Guinea (Mt Alen).
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; 9 g. A small leaf-warbler with bold head pattern, short wings and tail. Nominate race has crown to nape black or blackish-brown, long and broad buff super­... read more


    Call a sibilant “see-err”; more prolonged “see-err-err” as alarm. Song, usually from open perch, a... read more


    Wet montane or submontane primary forest and secondary forest between 900 m and 2200 m;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet largely unknown; presumably, mostly small insects. Forages alone, in pairs or in small parties; often in mixed-species flocks with... read more


    Largely unknown. Birds in breeding condition in Dec–Feb in Nigeria and Nov–Dec in Cameroon.


    Resident, but altitudinal movements evident. On Mt Kupé, in Cameroon, mist-netted at 900 m in May... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Common or locally common within its small range. Occurs in Mount Kupé National Park, in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Black-capped Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus herberti). 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 23 August 2019).