Family Tetrakas (Bernieridae)

Near Threatened

Grey-crowned Tetraka (Xanthomixis cinereiceps)


French: Farifotra à tête grise German: Grauscheitel-Madagaskarsänger Spanish: Tetraka coronigrís

Oxylabes cinereiceps


, 1881,

Fianarantsoa, Madagascar


Sister to X. apperti, based on molecular data. Monotypic.


NW & E Madagascar (Manongarivo and Tsaratanana, and from Marojejy S to Andohohela).

Descriptive notes

c. 14 cm; 13·5–24·5 g. A small, neat, plain-faced species with few distinguishing features, lower mandible slightly inflated centrally and appearing somewhat upcurved... read more


Song, from shrub-layer perch, a series of spluttering and seeping notes; call a series of single or... read more


Montane evergreen forest between 800 m and 2000 m, mostly above 1000 m and, usually common only... read more

Food and feeding

Thought to be mainly insectivorous. Occurs singly or in pairs, often in association with other species, including with X. zosterops... read more


Nesting recorded in Nov and juveniles in Nov–Dec. May be a co-operative breeder; record of three adults feeding two chicks at single... read more


No information; presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Fairly common in parts of its range.... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Grey-crowned Tetraka (Xanthomixis cinereiceps). 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 25 May 2019).