Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Olive-green Camaroptera (Camaroptera chloronota)


French: Camaroptère à dos vert German: Olivbogenflügel Spanish: Camaróptera dorsiverde

Camaroptera chloronota


, 1895,

Missahohe, Togo


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. toroensis (which see). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. kelsalli W. L. Sclater, 1927 – S Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to Ghana.
  • C. c. chloronota Reichenow, 1895 – E Ghana#R and W Togo E to Cameroon, Gabon, SW Central African Republic and Congo.
  • C. c. granti Alexander, 1903 – Bioko.
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 8–13 g. A small, drab, rather long-billed warbler with short tail often cocked. Male nominate race has crown and upperparts greenish olive, crown washed brown;... read more


    Song is a series of loud, penetrating “eeee” or “zzeee” notes, repeated... read more


    Confined to Guinea-Congo forests biome, being rare in drier forests; occurs in dense understorey of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera), small beetles (Coleoptera) and spiders (Araneae). Occurs... read more


    Nesting occurs throughout year, e.g. birds in breeding condition recorded Jan–Oct in Nigeria and evidence of nesting at least Aug... read more


    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, but seemingly rare in Senegambia. Apparent preference for secondary forest and degraded habitats should help to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Olive-green Camaroptera (Camaroptera chloronota). 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).