Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Bracken-warbler (Bradypterus cinnamomeus)


French: Mégalure cannelle German: Zimtbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero canela
Other common names: Bracken Warbler

Sylvia? (Salicaria) cinnamomea


, 1840,

Entschetqab, Semien Province, north Ethiopia


See B. barratti. In past, race ufipae of B. lopezi sometimes placed in present species. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. c. cinnamomeus (Rüppell, 1840) – highlands of Ethiopia, E DRCongo (except Rwenzori Mts), SW & E Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, W, C & SE Kenya, and N Tanzania (Kilimanjaro, Crater Highlands).
  • B. c. cavei Macdonald, 1939 – S South Sudan (Imatong Mts, Dongatona Mts) and NE Uganda (Mt Morongole).
  • B. c. mildbreadi Reichenow, 1908 – Rwenzori Mts, on W Uganda–E DRCongo border.
  • B. c. nyassae Shelley, 1893 – mountains in NE, S & SW Tanzania, SE DRCongo (Marungu Highlands), NE Zambia–N Malawi (Nyika Plateau) and S Malawi (Mt Mulanje).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 15–22 g. A richly coloured warbler with long pale super­cilium, and longish well-graduated tail of ten or twelve rather broad feathers. Nominate... read more


    Song a short phrase (c. 2–5 seconds) with several introductory notes leading into a ringing... read more


    Dense undergrowth of forest edges and clearings, brushy bamboo, montane forest with broken canopy,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small insects; beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymennoptetra) and caterpillars recorded. Forages with mouse-like movements among ground cover,... read more


    Laying in May and Oct in Ethiopia, May in Sudan, Aug–Feb in C Kenya and N Tanzania, Feb–Jun in E DRCongo and Nov–Feb in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in most highland areas within its range. No imminent threats, as not dependent on pristine forest; frequents edge habitats, secondary growth... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. & Boesman, P. (2019). Cinnamon Bracken-warbler (Bradypterus cinnamomeus). 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 21 March 2019).