Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Common Jery (Neomixis tenella)


French: Petite Éroesse German: Graunackensänger Spanish: Jiji común

Eroessa tenella


, 1866,

north-east Madagascar


Range limits of different subspecies unclear in part, including in areas of SE and C Plateau#R; further research required. Four subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2020). Common Jery (Neomixis tenella). 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 3 April 2020).