Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-breasted Camaroptera (Camaroptera toroensis)


French: Camaroptère à poitrine fauve German: Torobogenflügel Spanish: Camaróptera pechileonada

Sylviella toroensis

F. J. Jackson

, 1905,

Kibera River, Toro, Uganda


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. chloronota, but differs in its tawny-buff vs grey breast (3); more white on throat and belly (1); slightly browner, less olive upperparts (1); much longer tail (effect size 4.12, score 2); shorter bill (effect size –2.37, score 2); and much more varied vocabulary reflected in parameters such as pitch, pace, note length and note shape (at least 2)#R. It was once predicted that present species would intergrade with C. chloronota in the lower R Ubangi, DRCongo#R, and recent published maps (including HBW) show seemingly continuous range with C. chloronota; but apparently no evidence to date of contact. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. toroensis (F. J. Jackson, 1905) – C & SE Central African Republic and N & C DRCongo E to extreme S South Sudan, Uganda, SW Kenya and extreme NW Tanzania.
  • C. t. kamitugaensis Prigogine, 1961 – Itombwe region, in E DRCongo.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·6–10·2 cm; 8–13 g (once 18 g). A small, drab, rather long-billed warbler with short tail often held cocked. Adult has dull brownish-olive upperparts, becoming brighter... read more


    Song (given from concealed position) can remarkably loud and prolonged, also ventriloquial, and... read more


    Confined to Guinea-Congo forests biome; occurs in dense understorey of primary and secondary forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet presumably mainly insects and other invertebrates. Observed singly, in pairs or in family groups; sometimes joins mixed-species... read more


    Nesting probably occurs throughout year, e.g. birds in breeding condition in DRCongo recorded all months except Feb, Jul and Oct, with... read more


    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, even abundant. Discovered in NW Tanzania (Minziro Forest) as recently as 1987. Density of 2·7 birds/ha recorded in... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Tawny-breasted Camaroptera (Camaroptera toroensis). 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).