Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Brown Emu-tail (Bradypterus brunneus)


French: Droméocerque brun German: Madagaskarbuschsänger Spanish: Yerbera colilarga

Dromaeocercus brunneus


, 1877,

near Antananarivo, Madagascar


Previously separated in monotypic Dromaeocercus, but moved to Bradypterus based on DNA analysis#R. Monotypic.


E Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. A tiny tawny-brown warbler with short wings, and very long, strongly graduated tail of six feathers reduced to dark brown shafts only. Top and side of head are dark... read more


Song, usually from within cover, rarely from visible perch, by partners in duet, 2 or 3 short... read more


Dense herbaceous growth in humid evergreen forest, at medium to montane altitude, 500–2500 m. read more

Food and feeding

Small insects. Moves about rapidly within depths of low tangled vegetation. Flies seldom, and for only short distances.


Nest close to ground in dense vegetation. Clutch 2 eggs. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Locally fairly common in rainforest of C parts of E Madagascar; abundant in... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2019). Brown Emu-tail (Bradypterus brunneus). 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 18 March 2019).