Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)

Least Concern

Grand Comoro Brush-warbler (Nesillas brevicaudata)


French: Nésille de Grande Comore German: Strichelbrustspötter Spanish: Zarzalero de Gran Comora

Ellisia brevicaudata

A. Milne-Edwards and Oustalet

, 1888,

Grand Comoro, Comoro Islands


Sometimes considered a race of N. typica but differs vocally, and has generally been treated as a full species; molecular data confirm this, and show N. mariae to be its closest relative#R. Monotypic.


Grand Comoro (Ngazidja), in Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 14–19 g. A warmly tinged brush-warbler with graduated tail of twelve feathers. Top of head is dark olive-brown, lores to cheek and ear-coverts greyer... read more


Gives shrill chatter, “ch-r-r-r ch-r-r-r- ch-r-r-r”, much less staccato than that of N. typica... read more


Middle levels of evergreen forest, forest clearings and lower part of Philippia heath zone... read more

Food and feeding

Tiny invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), flies (Diptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Forages in twos and... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Aug–Sept. Nest sited just above ground. No further information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Confined to Grand Comoro, the largest of the Comoros, where common. No obvious threats... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2019). Grand Comoro Brush-warbler (Nesillas brevicaudata). 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 19 January 2019).