Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Green Jery (Neomixis viridis)


French: Éroesse verte German: Grünsänger Spanish: Jiji verde

Eroessa viridis


, 1883,

Ankafana Forest, Madagascar


Intraspecific differences are slight and range limits imprecisely known, potentially meriting re-examination#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. v. delacouri Salomonsen, 1934 – NE Madagascar.
  • N. v. viridis (Sharpe, 1883) – SE Madagascar.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm; 6–7 g. A fairly small, green forest warbler with poorly defined pale yellowish supercilium and darker eyestripe. Nominate race has crown and upperparts... read more


    Song a rather monotonous series of 8–12 high-pitched “tswee” notes, sometimes... read more


    Primary forest, rarely in adjacent secondary growth; favours damp, mossy areas. Occurs mainly in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects. Forages mainly by gleaning from foliage; occasionally hawks insects in air or hovers briefly to take prey from... read more


    A male with enlarged testes in Sept. No other information.


    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Local and uncommon.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Green Jery (Neomixis viridis). 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).