Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Senegal Eremomela (Eremomela pusilla)


French: Érémomèle à dos vert German: Graukappeneremomela Spanish: Eremomela senegalesa

Eremomela pusilla


, 1857,



Has been treated as conspecific with E. canescens, with which it hybridizes along Cameroon–Central African Republic border. Monotypic.


Senegal, extreme S Mauritania and S Mali to SW Chad and NW Central African Republic, S to Sierra Leone, C Ivory Coast, coasts of Ghana, Togo and Benin, and SC Nigeria and SW Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

9·5 cm; 5·5–8 g. Top of head brownish-grey; side of head pale grey with faint narrow whitish supercilium; upper­parts greyish-green, rump and... read more


Foraging song a few harsh notes followed by cheerful rising and falling “chi-chi-chi-chi-... read more


Wooded savanna, acacia (Acacia) grassland, cultivated areas with small trees, orchard bush... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly ants (Hymenoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars and other larvae; a few fruits also taken. Arboreal, typically in... read more


Egg-laying Apr in Senegal, May in Burkina Faso, Jan–Oct in Ivory Coast, May in Niger, and Feb and May in Nigeria. Breeds co-... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. The commonest member of its genus throughout the W African guinean and soudanian savanna belts. Up to 10 birds/50 ha in guinean savanna in Ivory... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2019). Senegal Eremomela (Eremomela pusilla). 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 22 August 2019).