Family Hyliotas (Hyliotidae)


Usambara Hyliota (Hyliota usambara)


French: Hyliote des Usambara German: Usambarahyliota Spanish: Hiliota de los Usambara

Hyliota australis usambara

W. L. Sclater

, 1932,

Amani, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], Tanzania


Often treated as a race of H. australis, but is sexually monomorphic and has several distinctive plumage characters. Monotypic.


Foothills of E Usambara Mts (once in W Usambaras at 1000 m), in NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 9·5–11·2 g. Top and sides of head and upperparts are glossy blue-black, with grey showing through on rump; flight-feathers black with narrow white edges,... read more


A series of thin squeaky notes, transcribed as “mbambasana”.


Forest canopy, forest edge and coffee plantations, at 300–1000 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages restlessly, alone or in pairs, sometimes with other species. Gleans and flycatches in crowns of large trees, keeping to... read more


No information.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Limited to a small fragmented area, within which it appears to be rare. An old record from R Rumi (near Dar es Salaam). Lowland and foothill forest occupied by... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2020). Usambara Hyliota (Hyliota usambara). 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 February 2020).