Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Grey-capped Warbler (Eminia lepida)


French: Éminie à calotte grise German: Graukappensänger Spanish: Eminia

Eminia lepida


, 1881,

Magungo, north-west Uganda




S South Sudan and E DRCongo E to Kenya and N Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 16–24 g. A large, chunky, thin-tailed warbler with distinctive grey cap, black band around head and chestnut throat; rump feathers long and lax. Cheek, neck and... read more


Male song, from exposed perch, mainly during breeding season, a loud, varied series of trills and... read more


Dense undergrowth, scrub and creepers, usually in damp areas along forest edges, seeps or riparian... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects and other invertebrates, including caterpillars and moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantodea),... read more


Breeds during rains; Mar–Jun and Oct–Nov in Sudan and DRCongo, Apr–May in Uganda, and May–Aug and Nov–Jan in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. A single report of this species from C Ethiopia requires confirmation.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Grey-capped Warbler (Eminia lepida). 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).