Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-crowned Eremomela (Eremomela badiceps)


French: Érémomèle à tête brune German: Rotkappeneremomela Spanish: Eremomela capirotada

Sylvia badiceps


, 1843,

Clarence, Bioko Island


Formerly treated as conspecific with E. turneri, but the two found to be sympatric in E DRCongo. Three subspecies recognized

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. b. fantiensis Macdonald, 1940 – Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana, S Togo, S Benin#R and SW Nigeria.
  • E. b. badiceps (Fraser, 1843) – S Nigeria (S from Ife), Bioko, S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic S to N Angola (Cabinda, Cuanza Norte) and E to DRCongo (S to Kasai and Maniema) and W Uganda.
  • E. b. latukae B. P. Hall, 1949 – S South Sudan (Imatong Mts, Talanga Forest).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 8·8–11·5 g. Nominate has forehead to nape chestnut, black band through lores and ear-coverts; grey upperparts; upperwing dark grey-brown with grey-... read more


    Song a series of sharp high-pitched notes interspersed with lower, more musical ones, sometimes... read more


    Lowland forest; treetops at forest edges and clearings; secondary forest and regrowth; gallery... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including caterpillars, ants (Hymenoptera), termites (Isoptera) and small beetles (Coleoptera); spiders (Araneae); berries and... read more


    Territorial. Probably co-operative breeder. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Wide-ranging, but nowhere common.

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2019). Rufous-crowned Eremomela (Eremomela badiceps). 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 19 September 2019).