Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps)


French: Noircap loriot German: Pirolsänger Spanish: Prinia oropéndola

Moho atriceps


, 1831,





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


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


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.


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


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 on 17 September 2019).