Family Tetrakas (Bernieridae)

Least Concern

Thamnornis (Thamnornis chloropetoides)


French: Kiritika malgache German: Kiritika-Madagaskarsänger Spanish: Zarzalero kiritika
Other common names: Thamnornis Warbler, Kiritika, Kiritika Warbler

Ellisia chloropetoides

A. Grandidier

, 1867,

south-west coast of Madagascar




Dry SW Madagascar (S of Morondava, W of Fort Dauphin).

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Medium-sized warbler with greenish wings, fairly long graduated tail of twelve feathers, and quite long, strong and slightly decurved bill with fine tip. Head is... read more


Rattling trill, “geerrr”, like call of Nesillas typica (of nominate race) but... read more


Spiny subdesert, coastal scrub, edge of deciduous forest; sea-level to 800 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, including caterpillars. Forages low down in dense vegetation, sometimes on ground, taking food from small branches, or from leaf... read more


Breeds Nov–Dec. Nest a cup of dry leaves and pieces of bark, lined with fine leaf stalks, attached with spider web to small vertical... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in West Malagasy Dry Forests EBA and South Malagasy Spiny Forests. Fairly common throughout range.

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2020). Thamnornis (Thamnornis chloropetoides). 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 7 April 2020).