Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Neumann's Warbler (Hemitesia neumanni)


French: Bouscarle de Neumann German: Kivustutzschwanz Spanish: Tesia de Neumann
Other common names: Neumann's Bush-warbler

Sylvietta neumanni


, 1908,

forest west of Lake Tanganyika, 2000 m, DRCongo




E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and NW Burundi.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 11·3 g. Large-headed warbler with distinctive striped head pattern, very short tail. Broad supercilium is variably grey-brown, dull greenish or off-... read more


Loud and explosive but brief song of 2–3 high-pitched notes, e.g. “tee-tiyoo-tee... read more


Ground layer and thick undergrowth of montane forest, mainly primary, transition and gallery... read more

Food and feeding

Food largely unknown, but includes beetles (Coleoptera) and presumably other small invertebrates. Usually alone or in pairs; secretive and... read more


Poorly known. Birds in breeding condition in Jan, Apr–Jun and Aug–Oct. On basis of distances between singing males, territory... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Rare to fairly common; fairly common between 1630 m and 2300 m in Bwindi-... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Neumann's Warbler (Hemitesia neumanni). 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 14 December 2019).