Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Black-necked Eremomela (Eremomela atricollis)


French: Érémomèle à cou noir German: Schwarzhalseremomela Spanish: Eremomela cuellinegra

Eremomela atricollis


, 1894,

Galanga, Benguela, Angola


Birds of SE DRCongo and NW & NC Zambia have been separated as race venustula but are doubtfully distinct. Monotypic.


C & NE Angola (E Benguela and N Huíla E to Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul and Moxico), SE DRCongo (Marungu Mts, Upper Katanga district), Zambia (S to Balovale and Serenje, E to Luangwa Rift) and SW Tanzania (Sumbawanga)#R.

Descriptive notes

10–11·5 cm; 9–12 g. Bold black face mask contrasts with broad yellow forehead and supercilium, and with yellow chin and throat bordered by black band on upper... read more


Song a low-pitched grating “prree prree-purrut prree-purrut”, repeated with short intervals; flock... read more


Brachystegia woodland, especially richer parts; also bushy savanna; 500 m to over 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in small active parties in canopy; often with other species, including E. scotops.


Breeds late dry season and early rains, Sept–Dec in DRCongo, Aug and Oct–Dec in Zambia. Nest a cup of fibres and cobwebs with... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; confined to S African miombo.

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2019). Black-necked Eremomela (Eremomela atricollis). 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 19 September 2019).