Family Crombecs and allies (Macrosphenidae)

Least Concern

Yellow Longbill (Macrosphenus flavicans)


French: Nasique jaune German: Gelbbauch-Bülbülgrasmücke Spanish: Picolargo amarillo

Macrosphenus flavicans


, 1859,

Setté Cama, Gabon


Often treated as conspecific with M. kempi, but their songs appear to differ where ranges overlap marginally in W Cameroon#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. flavicans Cassin, 1859 – extreme SE Nigeria, Bioko, and SW & S Cameroon S to lower R Congo and NW Angola (Cabinda, Cuanza Norte).
  • M. f. hypochondriacus (Reichenow, 1893) – SE Central African Republic, SW South Sudan (Bengangai Forest), N, C & E DRCongo, W & S Uganda and NW Tanzania (Minziro Forest).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 11–16 g. A medium-sized greenish-grey warbler with yellow underparts, short tail, and long straight bill with small hook at tip. Nominate race has top of head... read more


    Song, usually from high perch, a series of clear melancholy whistles (c. 2 per second), descending... read more


    Lower and middle levels of primary and secondary forest, including edges, clearings and logged... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), orthopterans, beetles (Coleoptera); also spiders (Araneae); also some fruit.... read more


    No information. Territorial.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in many areas of range. Two apparently discrete populations in forests of W & C Africa, each ranging widely. In NE Gabon, density 18... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2019). Yellow Longbill (Macrosphenus flavicans). 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 16 February 2019).