Family Hyliotas (Hyliotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Hyliota (Hyliota flavigaster)


French: Hyliote à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchhyliota Spanish: Hiliota ventrigualda

Hyliota flavigaster


, 1837,



Proposed race marginalis (S Tanzania and Mozambique) considered inseparable from barbozae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. f. flavigaster Swainson, 1837 – Gambia S to N Sierra Leone, E through Guinean savanna belt (N to SW Chad and C Central African Republic, S to W Cameroon and NE DRCongo) to South Sudan, W Ethiopia, W & S Uganda and W Kenya.
  • H. f. barbozae Hartlaub, 1883 – SE Gabon and Congo, W & NE plateau of Angola, and from W & S DRCongo (lower R Congo; N end L Tanganyika S to Kasai and Katanga) and W & SE Tanzania (Ufipa S to Biharamulo; R Rufiji S to Songea) S to Zambia and NW, C & S Mozambique.
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–12 cm; 11·5–14 g. A medium-sized dark-backed warbler with broad white wingband. Male nominate race is black, glossed violet-blue, above; greater and median... read more


    Usually silent. Song a rather twangy repeated “tchu-whee, tchu-whee”; also short high-pitched... read more


    Moist savanna with medium-sized to large trees; open woodland, especially Combretum/... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including tiny beetles (Coleoptera), young mantids; insect eggs. Forages in pairs or small groups, often in mixed-species parties... read more


    Breeds in May–Aug in W Africa, Apr–May (in early rains) in NE DRCongo, Dec in W Kenya, and Oct–Dec in Zambia and Malawi.... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to scarce. Reasonably widely distributed, but range somewhat fragmented, and nowhere very common. Adversely affected by loss of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2020). Yellow-bellied Hyliota (Hyliota flavigaster). 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 28 February 2020).