Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Subdesert Jery (Neomixis pallidior)


French: Éroesse pâle German: Halbwüstensänger Spanish: Jiji pálido

Neomixis striatigula pallidior


, 1934,

Ampotaka, south-western Madagascar


Hitherto treated as conspecific with N. striatigula, but differs in its paler upperparts (1); much sharper, narrower grey streaks on yellower, less olive breast (2); buffier vs greyish-white flanks (1); pale olive-grey fringes to tips of outer rectrices (ns[1]); apparently pale (or paler) vs blackish base to lower mandible (ns[1]); slightly shorter bill (on very small sample size of nominate, although morphometry indicated as a factor in possible specific rank#R; at least 1); drier, more open vs closed-canopy habitat (1); song with unique “chained phrases” (2) and repeated notes at stable vs varying pitch (2). Shows weaker reaction to song of N. striatigula than to its own#R but key summary of vocal differences#R slightly simplifies situation where species approach each other: songs of birds at Andohahela (reportedly nominate striatigula), only c. 20 km from Tolagnaro where present species occurs, are closer to present species than those of birds elsewhere in range of nominate N. striatigula, but differ as described above. Monotypic.

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SW Madagascar (from R Manambolo to Tolagnaro).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 6·2–9·5 g. Adult differs from formerly conspecific N. striatigula in being much greener, with yellower lower cheeks and chin marked by sharper and narrower... read more


Song a series of high-pitched, melodious notes, rising to a crescendo, which is generally... read more


Found in woodland such as spiny forest, thorn and Euphorbia scrub, gallery forest, tapia... read more

Food and feeding

Diet (based on a few specimens) includes beetles (Curculionidae), hemipterans, ants (Formicidae) and crickets (Gryllidae). Forages in tops... read more


Little known. Breeds Oct–Feb. Male sings from prominent perch up to 20 m above ground. Nest an oval-shaped flimsy ball with side-top... read more


Little known; presumably mostly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally very common, although relative abundance might be heightened by ease with which it is observed and identified. Appears... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Subdesert Jery (Neomixis pallidior). 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 August 2019).