Family Fairy Flycatcher and allies (Stenostiridae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Crested-flycatcher (Elminia albiventris)


French: Elminie à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Haubenschnäpper Spanish: Elminia ventriblanca

Trochocercus albiventris


, 1893,

Mount Cameroon, Cameroon


Has been considered conspecific with E. nigromitrata. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. albiventris (Sjöstedt, 1893) – SE Nigeria, W Cameroon and Bioko.
  • E. a. toroensis (F. J. Jackson, 1906) – NE DRCongo, W Uganda, W Rwanda and NW Burundi.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 7–10 g. A small, slender, blunt-crested flycatcher with long graduated tail. Nominate race is almost entirely dark slate-grey, with dull black crown and crest,... read more


    Song a soft, melodious warble punctuated with a series of pauses, “psip…psip…... read more


    Understorey to mid-level canopy of highland and montane forests, including clearings and secondary... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet poorly known; mostly small invertebrates, including flies (Diptera), small beetles (Coleoptera), and bees and wasps (Hymenoptera).... read more


    Mar and Dec (birds in breeding condition) in Nigeria, Nov and Feb in Cameroon, Apr (breeding-condition males) in DRCongo, Aug–Sept in... read more


    Resident; one Mar record from S Sudan (Bengengai).

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common, locally common or abundant.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). White-bellied Crested-flycatcher (Elminia albiventris). 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 22 February 2020).