Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Russet-capped Tesia (Tesia everetti)


French: Tésie d’Everett German: Rostkappen-Stutzschwanz Spanish: Tesia de Everett

Orthnocichla everetti

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1897,

Flores, Lesser Sundas


Originally considered to be a race of Urosphena subulata. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. e. sumbawana (Rensch, 1928) – Sumbawa, in W Lesser Sundas.
  • T. e. everetti (E. J. O. Hartert, 1897) – Flores, in WC Lesser Sundas. Probably this subspecies recorded on Adonara I (E Flores)#R#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–9·5 cm. Small, seemingly tailless and long-legged ground-dwelling warbler, fairly long bill slightly decurved at tip. Nominate race has russet crown to nape, cheeks... read more


    Song, from low perch, a loud, staccato series of 4–5 notes consisting of ascending whistles... read more


    Mostly undergrowth and shade of moist or damp forests, including Casuarina forest and... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet. Usually alone. Extremely active, with quick movements; forages on ground, in undergrowth and in understorey, and on... read more


    Season May–Jul. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Nusa Tenggara EBA. Widespread and generally common; very common on Flores.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Russet-capped Tesia (Tesia everetti). 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 23 February 2019).