Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-browed Camaroptera (Camaroptera superciliaris)


French: Camaroptère à sourcils jaunes German: Gelbbrauen-Bogenflügel Spanish: Camaróptera cejigualda

Sylvicola superciliaris


, 1843,

Malabo, Bioko


Several races have been described, but variation is slight and probably clinal. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone E to Uganda, S to NW Angola and S DRCongo; also Bioko.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 7–12 g. A small, short-tailed warbler with distinctive yellow face and long and slender bill. Has prominent yellow supercilium and yellowish cheek, contrasting... read more


Male song a nasal, plaintive “jer-wa jer-wa” like a toy trumpet, repeated monotonously... read more


Confined to Guinea-Congo forests biome; occurs in gallery forest, forest edge, secondary growth and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), termites (Isoptera), moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera). Occurs singly, in... read more


Nests Oct–Mar, although may breed all year in DRCongo. Monogamous; solitary, territorial. In territorial dispute, males sing in view... read more


Little known; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Average density of 0·1 pairs/ha recorded in Gabon.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Yellow-browed Camaroptera (Camaroptera superciliaris). 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 October 2019).