Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Hartert's Camaroptera (Camaroptera harterti)


French: Camaroptère de Hartert German: Hartertbogenflügel Spanish: Camaróptera de Hartert

Camaroptera griseoviridis harterti


, 1911,

Canhoca, north Angola


Often treated as a race of C. brachyura, but has green tail and whiter underparts and is genetically distinct; the two meet without evidence of intergradation, despite occurring in same habitat. Monotypic.


Escarpment forests of WC Angola from Luanda E to Malanje, S in Cuanza Sul to Kumbira Forest Reserve#R.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 10–12 g. A localized camaroptera with distinctive green tail and whitish underparts. Male has dark brownish-grey crown, mantle, back and rump, green... read more


Male song a loud “chack-chack-chack-chack” repeated 4–8 times, or faster “tjip-tjip-tjip…” or... read more


Dense forest understorey, including secondary forest, old coffee plantations and adjacent thickets.

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known; presumably mainly insects. Forages by gleaning from foliage and twigs.


Little known; probably occurs Mar–Jun. No other information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Restricted-range species, confined to the Western Angolan EBA. Fairly common within its small range. Its occurrence in secondary habitats, including old coffee... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Hartert's Camaroptera (Camaroptera harterti). 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 23 February 2020).