Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Red-winged Grey Warbler (Drymocichla incana)


French: Apalis grise German: Rotschwingensänger Spanish: Prinia alicastaña

Drymocichla incana


, 1881,

Magungo, northern Uganda




Extreme E Nigeria, NC Cameroon, Central African Republic, E & S South Sudan, N DRCongo and NW Uganda.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 10 g. A medium-sized warbler with fairly long, graduated tail and distinctive red wing patch. Has crown, face and upperparts grey, slightly paler on forehead, with... read more


Presumed male repeatedly sings loud, slightly querulous “chwee” or “chwit weer-weer-weer”,... read more


Confined to Sudan-Guinea savanna biome; occurs in riparian woodland and thickets, usually near... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly small insects. Occurs singly, in pairs or in family groups; sometimes joins mixed-species parties. Forages by gleaning from... read more


On basis of gonad condition and sightings of recently fledged chicks, breeds mainly in rainy season, May–Oct. No other information.


Little known; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Rather rare in W of range; rare in Bénoué National Park, in Cameroon. One record from extreme E Nigeria in 1988. Reported... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Red-winged Grey Warbler (Drymocichla incana). 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).