French: Érémomèle à croupion jaune German: Gelbbaucheremomela Spanish: Eremomela ventrigualda
Orange River, Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
E. i. alexanderi
W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1918 – extreme S Mauritania, N Senegal, S Mali, Burkina Faso, S Niger (S from Aïr), extreme N Nigeria and extreme N Cameroon E to W Sudan (Darfur and Kordofan).
E. i. griseoflava
Heuglin, 1862 – E, C & S Sudan, extreme NE South Sudan, N Eritrea, N Somalia, Ethiopia, N & E Uganda, W Kenya, NW Tanzania (E to Mwanza) and E Rwanda.
E. i. abdominalis
Reichenow, 1905 – C, S & SE Kenya and N Tanzania (S to Tabora and Bahi).
E. i. polioxantha
Sharpe, 1883 – E & S Tanzania (S from Iringa and Kidugallo), SE DRCongo (S Katanga), Zambia (except W & SW), Malawi, Zimbabwe (except NW), E Botswana, W & S Mozambique, NE South Africa (N & E Northern Province S to NE KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
E. i. puellula
Grote, 1929 – coastal SW Angola (Benguela, Namibe).
E. i. helenorae
Alexander, 1899 – S Angola (S Cuando Cubango), extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), SW Zambia, NW Zimbabwe and N & NE Botswana.
E. i. icteropygialis
(Lafresnaye, 1839) – Yellow-bellied Eremomela – Namibia and W & C Botswana.
E. i. perimacha
Oberholser, 1920 – S Botswana and N South Africa (Northern Cape E to W Northern Province).
E. i. saturatior
Ogilvie-Grant, 1910 – S & C South Africa (Transvaal highveld and W Free State S to Western Cape and W Eastern Cape).
E. i. salvadorii
Reichenow, 1891 – Salvadori's Eremomela – SE Gabon E to S DRCongo (E to Kasai), N, E & C Angola and W Zambia (Zambezi district).
9–10 cm; 6–9 g. A small, short-tailed, grey-backed warbler with variable yellow below. Nominate race has brownish-tinged grey top of head and upperparts, dirty... read more
Typical song a cheerful, high-pitched repeated “cheri-chu-chit-chit-chwee”, rising in middle part.... read more
Wide range of open savanna scrub and drier woodland, especially Acacia and ... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects; recorded items include homopteran bugs, beetles (Coleoptera), and caterpillars and other larvae. Usually in pairs or small... read more
Season Jun–Aug in Mauritania, throughout year in Senegambia, Jun–Jul (breeding condition) in Niger, Feb and Jun in Sudan, Feb... read more
Mainly resident. In N parts of W African range appears only during rains, mainly Jul–Sept;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed in non-forested sub-Saharan Africa. Common through W African Sahel and savanna zones and across C Sudan; fairly common in medium-... read more
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