Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Green Longtail (Urolais epichlorus)


French: Apalis verte German: Langschwanz-Feinsänger Spanish: Prinia rabilarga

Burnesia epichlora


, 1892,

Buea, Mount Cameroon, Cameroon


Race cinderella often included in nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • U. e. epichlorus (Reichenow, 1892) – Green Longtail – SE Nigeria and S part of SW Cameroon highlands.
  • U. e. cinderella Bates, 1928 – N part of SW Cameroon highlands.
  • U. e. mariae Alexander, 1903 – Bioko Longtail – Bioko.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 10–14 g. A superficially prinia-like warbler with plain, yellowish-green plumage and very long, graduated tail. Male nominate race is yellowish olive-green above... read more


    Male calls from song perches in canopy, or while moving through canopy; territorial song a series... read more


    Montane forest; also secondary growth, and rank vegetation in eucalypt (Eucalyptus)... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera); occasionally small seeds. Moves in pairs or small groups, often joining mixed-... read more


    Little known. On basis of gonad condition and sightings of recently fledged chicks, breeds mainly in Nov–Mar dry season. When... read more


    Presumably mostly resident; apparently some altitudinal movements on Mt Cameroon and Mt Kupé.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Locally common in SW Cameroon. Status on Bioko uncertain, following reports of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Green Longtail (Urolais epichlorus). 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 26 August 2019).