Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Evergreen-forest Warbler (Bradypterus lopezi)


French: Mégalure de Lopes German: Lopesbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero de Lopes

Phlexis lopezi


, 1903,

Moka, Bioko Island


See B. barratti. Races comprise two groups, W “lopezi group” (also including camerunensis, manengubae and barakae) and E & S “mariae group” (remaining races); sometimes regarded as two separate species, but similar in voice and tail structure. Race ufipae formerly treated under B. cinnamomeus on account of close plumage similarity. Race manengubae (Mt Manengouba, Cameroon) previously thought to represent a variant form of B. bangwaensis, but both species have now been confirmed to occur on same mountain#R. Original spelling “lopezi” was emended by the describer himself later in same year to “lopesi”, because intended to honour the original collector, but this is an unjustified emendation, depending on information not present in original work. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. l. lopezi (Alexander, 1903) – Western Evergreen-forest Warbler – Bioko.
  • B. l. camerunensis Alexander, 1909 – Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.
  • B. l. manengubae Serle, 1949 – Mt Manengouba, in W Cameroon.
  • B. l. barakae Sharpe, 1906 – E DRCongo (Rwenzoris, Kivu Volcanoes, Itombwe, Upemba National Park) and highlands of SW Uganda and N Rwanda.
  • B. l. mariae Madarász, 1905 – Eastern Evergreen-forest Warbler – Kenya (W & C highlands, Chyulus) and N Tanzania (Oldeani E to Kilimanjaro).
  • B. l. usambarae Reichenow, 1917 – SE Kenya (Taitas), E & S Tanzania (N Pares and Usambaras S to Mbeya, Njombe, Mt Rungwe and Songea), NE Zambia (Nyika Plateau), N Malawi (N Nyika) and N Mozambique (Uwango).
  • B. l. ufipae (C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1941) – SW Tanzania (Ufipa Plateau, Mbisi Forest), SE DRCongo (Marungu Plateau) and N Zambia.
  • B. l. granti Benson, 1939 – Malawi (S of Nyika) and N Mozambique (Mt Chiperone).
  • B. l. boultoni Chapin, 1948 – W Angola (highlands of S Cuanza Sul, Huambo and N Huíla).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14·5 cm; 15–21 g (mariae). A dark brown or cinnamon-brown warbler with slim bill, and narrow, steeply graduated, usually frayed tail of ten feathers.... read more


    Song (similar form in all races) a loud series of single or double notes on one pitch, increasing... read more


    Dense shrubby understorey in montane forest, including bamboo thickets; rank herbage along forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly small insects; recorded items include fly larvae (Diptera), small beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), caterpillars, insect... read more


    Usually breeds at end of dry season, continuing into rains; eggs laid in Oct–Nov in Cameroon and Bioko, Mar–Apr in E Zaire,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common, but distribution patchy. Not uncommon in W of range (Cameroon, Bioko I); widespread but local in E. Dependent on highland forest in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2019). Evergreen-forest Warbler (Bradypterus lopezi). 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 25 May 2019).