Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Burnt-necked Eremomela (Eremomela usticollis)


French: Érémomèle à cou roux German: Rostbanderemomela Spanish: Eremomela cuellirrufa

Eremomela usticollis


, 1850,

Leroma, Pillaansburg, west Northern Province, South Africa


Proposed race baumgarti (described from Windhoek, in C Namibia) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. u. rensi Benson, 1943 – S & E Zambia, Malawi, N, E & C Zimbabwe, and C Mozambique.
  • E. u. usticollis Sundevall, 1850 – S Angola (S Huíla, Cunene), N & C Namibia, N & E Botswana (recent records in W Botswana#R), SW & S Zimbabwe, S Mozambique, NE South Africa (Northern Province, NE KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm; 6·5–10 g. Nominate race has top and side of head and upperparts ash-grey, chestnut tinge along lower cheek; upperwing dark grey-brown with pale... read more


    Song a high-pitched “tee-tew ti-ti-tee”, often followed by short trill, “trrrr... read more


    Acacia (Acacia) woodland, riverine thornbush, stands of tall acacia, also mixed woodland... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small insects and larvae; spiders (Araneae). Forages actively in pairs or small groups; often with other species. Feeds in canopy of thorn... read more


    Laying in Mar in Zambia and Malawi, Sept–Apr in Zimbabwe, Oct–Nov in Botswana and Oct–Apr in N South Africa. Solitary;... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widely distributed in S Africa and common throughout most of its range. Density 1 pair/17 ha in acacia woodland in South Africa.

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2019). Burnt-necked Eremomela (Eremomela usticollis). 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 20 August 2019).