Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps)


Taxonomy

French: Noircap loriot German: Pirolsänger Spanish: Prinia oropéndola
Taxonomy:

Moho atriceps

Lesson

, 1831,

Ghana

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Senegal E to S Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic and extreme NW DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; 26–32 g. A large, distinctively coloured warbler with long and slender, slightly decurved bill and long, graduated tail. Head, neck, throat and upper breast are... read more

Voice

Male song, from exposed perch, a loud, varied series of melodic, fluted whistles lasting 1–2... read more

Habitat

Confined to Sudan-Guinea savanna biome; occurs in thick undergrowth in forest edge, gallery forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Forages by gleaning while moving slowly through vegetation or on the ground.

Breeding

Breeds Jul–Nov. Monogamous; solitary, territorial, pair defends large territory of several hectares. Nest a large, untidy, ball-... read more

Movements

Little known; presumably mostly resident. May be a partial migrant locally in N of range, where... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Some birds of this species killed for use in traditional medicines in Nigeria.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58657 on 17 September 2019).