Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Green-capped Eremomela (Eremomela scotops)


French: Érémomèle à calotte verte German: Grünkappeneremomela Spanish: Eremomela coroniverde

Eremomela scotops


, 1850,

Mohapoani, Witfontein Mountains, west Northern Province, South Africa


Race congensis intergrades with pulchra in N Angola; birds from this region sometimes recognized as race angolensis. Proposed races occipitalis (R Pangani, in NE Tanzania) and chlorochlamys (Zimbabwe–Mozambique border) synonymized with nominate, and extrema (W Zambia) with pulchra. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. s. congensis Reichenow, 1905 – SE Gabon (Lekoni) S to N Angola, E to SW DRCongo (Kasai).
  • E. s. pulchra (Bocage, 1878) – Angola, SE & E DRCongo (Maniema and N end of L Tanganyika S to Katanga), Zambia, W Malawi, NE Namibia, and N Botswana.
  • E. s. citriniceps (Reichenow, 1882) – SW Uganda, W Kenya, W Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • E. s. kikuyuensis van Someren, 1931 – C Kenya.
  • E. s. scotops Sundevall, 1850 – coastal Kenya, E Tanzania (inland to Liwale, Songea and Kilosa), E & S Malawi, N & C Mozambique, Zimbabwe and adjacent E Botswana, NE South Africa (Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga S to N KwaZulu-Natal) and N Swaziland.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 7–11 g. Nominate race has top and side of head greyish-green, dusky streak through lores; upperparts ash-grey; remiges dark brownish-grey with broad... read more


    Dawn song a monotonous “twip-twip-twip-twip-twip-twip-…” (c. 140 notes per minute). Contact calls a... read more


    Variety of open woodland, especially brachystegia (Brachystegia); Baikiaea, tall... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small insects. Usually forages in groups of 2–8 individuals, mainly in tops of tall trees, but sometimes in bushes; often a core... read more


    Laying in Jul–Nov in DRCongo, Sept–Nov in Zambia, Oct–Feb in Malawi, Nov and Feb in Tanzania, Aug–Feb (mainly Nov... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common throughout most of range, particularly in miombo belt, but scarcer in N & E. Uncommon to locally common in W of range. Scarce and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2019). Green-capped Eremomela (Eremomela scotops). 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 17 September 2019).