Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus herberti)


Taxonomy

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

Cryptolopha herberti

Alexander

, 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58857 on 23 August 2019).