Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Dohrn's Warbler (Sylvia dohrni)


French: Fauvette de Dohrn German: Príncipegrasmücke Spanish: Curruca de Príncipe
Other common names: Principe Flycatcher-babbler, Dohrn's Thrush-babbler

Cuphopterus dohrni


, 1866,

Príncipe Island, Gulf of Guinea


Previously isolated in Horizorhinus, and placed in Turdidae, Muscicapidae or Timaliidae; DNA data#R support placement in present genus. Monotypic.


Príncipe I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Small, noisy babbler-like passerine with rather long, deep bill, grey and olive above, yellowish-white below, with prominent dark breastband. Has crown (... read more


Song loud, lively, joyful and rich, often given in chorus, sometimes introduced by rapid “tic... read more


Bushes and small trees, also bases of crowns of taller trees in all wooded areas, including primary... read more

Food and feeding

Caterpillars, ants (Formiciidae), beetles (Coleoptera), other insects and small snails; also berries and seeds, including those of ... read more


Jun–Sept, or possibly Jun–Jul and Sept–Jan; probably double-brooded. Nest a fragile thin-bottomed and unlined open cup... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Príncipe EBA. Abundant in cocoa plantations and forest regrowth and in other bushy... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Dohrn's Warbler (Sylvia dohrni). 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 28 February 2020).