French: Petite Éroesse German: Graunackensänger Spanish: Jiji común
Subspecies and Distribution
N. t. tenella
(Hartlaub, 1866) – N Madagascar.
N. t. decaryi
Delacour, 1931 – W part of C Madagascar.
N. t. orientalis
Delacour, 1931 – EC & SE Madagascar.
N. t. debilis
Delacour, 1931 – S Madagascar.
10 cm; 6–8 g. A small, rather nondescript forest warbler, superficially recalling a drab leaf-warber Phylloscopus, but with rather heavy bill. Nominate race... read more
High-pitched “tsee-tsee-tsee” call given almost continuously during foraging, sometimes... read more
Wide range of forest and woodland habitats, from mangroves to scrub and secondary growth, including... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects. Gleans foliage in canopy, constantly moving and often hanging upside-down. In scrubby vegetation, occurs low down, and... read more
Little known. Breeds during summer rains, Sept–Apr, although one male with enlarged testes in Jul. Nest a flimsy ball with side-top... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout much of Madagascar. Is an important pollinator of the plant Aloe divaricata, and may pollinate the dioecious tree ... read more
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