Family Crombecs and allies (Macrosphenidae)

Data Deficient

Philippa's Crombec (Sylvietta philippae)


French: Crombec de Somalie German: Kurzschnabelsylvietta Spanish: Crombec piquicorto
Other common names: Short-billed Crombec

Sylvietta philippae

J. G. Williams

, 1955,

Galkayu (= Rocco Littoral), central Somalia




NW, C & SW Somalia (from Burao and Daba Dalol S to around Wajit and Lugh) and adjacent S & SE Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

8 cm; 9–10 g. A short-billed grey crombec with yellowish underparts. Top of head and upperparts are ash-grey; narrow whitish supercilium above dark grey lores and... read more


Song a repeated “ti-chirr-cheesis”, middle note higher; calls “chirr” and... read more


Acacia (Acacia) thickets and Commiphora scrub in arid bushland, mainly on rocky... read more

Food and feeding

Tiny beetles (Coleoptera) and other insects, including small caterpillars. Forages usually in small groups, often together with other... read more


Breeds May–Jun. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Judged to be fairly common within its small and restricted range. Appears to be restricted to more dense areas... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Philippa's Crombec (Sylvietta philippae). 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 18 February 2019).