Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)

Least Concern

Moheli Brush-warbler (Nesillas mariae)


French: Nésille de Mohéli German: Mohélispötter Spanish: Zarzalero de la Mohéli

Nesillas mariae


, 1960,

Bandamale, 500 m, Mohéli, Comoro Islands


Sister to N. brevicaudata#R. Monotypic.


Mohéli (Mwali), in Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 14–17 g. A rather pale, greenish brush-warbler with ­slender bill, and medium-length tail of twelve feathers. Top and side of head are light... read more


Distinctive; song a loud scratchy warbling, likened to that of a sunbird (Nectarinia);... read more


Lower to middle levels of evergreen forest; above 500 m.

Food and feeding

Beetles (Coleoptera), small ants (Hymenoptera), spiders (Araneae), occasional seeds. Forages in shrubs, tops of bushes and lower parts of... read more


Nest recorded 9 m up in mango tree (Mangifera). No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Confined to a single small island, where still common in forest alongside race ... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2018). Moheli Brush-warbler (Nesillas mariae). 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 10 December 2018).