Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)


Turner's Eremomela (Eremomela turneri)


French: Érémomèle de Turner German: Braunstirneremomela Spanish: Eremomela de Turner

Eremomela badiceps turneri

van Someren

, 1920,

Yala River, Kavirondo District, west Kenya


Formerly treated as conspecific with E. badiceps, but the two found to be sympatric in E DRCongo. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. t. kalindei Prigogine, 1958 – EC & NE DRCongo (Abyaloze, Kailo, Kalima, Makayobo, Mazali, Beni); an old record from SW Uganda (Nyondo Forest)#R.
  • E. t. turneri van Someren, 1920 – W Kenya (Kakamega Forest, S Nandi Forest).
  • Descriptive notes

    8·5–9 cm; 6–9 g. Nominate has forehead to forecrown chestnut, blackish streak through eye; rear and side of head and upperparts grey; upperwing dark... read more


    Rapid series of high-pitched notes, “titititititititi”, followed by louder “si-si... read more


    More open parts of forest at low to medium altitude; edges, clearings and secondary growth, often... read more

    Food and feeding

    Caterpillars and other insects. Forages high in canopy, often in small parties. Tends to be rather higher in trees than E. badiceps... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Known from only a few localities. Practically restricted in Kenya to Kakamega and Nandi forests, where common, but potentially threatened by forest encroachment... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. & de Juana, E. (2019). Turner's Eremomela (Eremomela turneri). 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 17 September 2019).