Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Buff-bellied Warbler (Phyllolais pulchella)


French: Phyllolaïs à ventre fauve German: Akaziensänger Spanish: Prinia ventripálida

Malurus pulchellus


, 1830,

Kordofan, Sudan




SW Niger#R, NE Nigeria, N Cameroon, W Chad, W & SE Sudan, South Sudan, N Eritrea, W & C Ethiopia, NE DRCongo, Uganda, N Rwanda, Kenya and N Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 6 g. A tiny, short-billed, rather nondescript warbler, superficially resembling a Phylloscopus or Eremomela species but with long, strongly graduated... read more


Typical song a short, dry trill, “prrrrrrrrrt”, lasting 0·5–0·7... read more


Typically found in semi-arid to mesic acacia (Acacia) savanna; also forest edge and well-... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including aphids (Aphidoidea) and scale insects (Coccoidea), ants (Hymenoptera), caterpillars... read more


Breeds mainly Apr–Sept in most of range, also Nov–Mar in E Africa. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest built by... read more


Little known; presumably mostly resident, but reported to move N in Sudan during rainy season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of its range, but uncommon to locally common in W parts (Nigeria to W Sudan). Two individuals observed in extreme SE Niger (... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Buff-bellied Warbler (Phyllolais pulchella). 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 17 September 2019).