Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Near Threatened

Dja River Swamp-warbler (Bradypterus grandis)


French: Mégalure du Dja German: Riedbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero grande
Other common names: Dja River Scrub-warbler, Dja River Warbler

Bradypterus grandis


, 1917,

Dja River, southern Cameroon


See B. graueri. Monotypic.


SE Cameroon, SW Central African Republic and S Gabon.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. A large, warmly tinged Bradypterus with strong bill, and long, rather pointed tail of ten feathers. Has top and side of head dark olive-brown, narrow and... read more


Song distinctive, a series of notes leading into loud crescendo trill, “twuit-twuit-twuit-tr-... read more


Swamps of tall dense sedge (Rhynchospora corymbosa), typically small isolated swamps... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Moves with short hops among dense growth near ground.


Makes display-flight over territory with wing-snapping noise. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon and Gabon Lowlands EBA. Still known from very few sites, but... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2019). Dja River Swamp-warbler (Bradypterus grandis). 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 22 April 2019).