Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-vented Eremomela (Eremomela flavicrissalis)


French: Érémomèle à ventre jaune German: Somalieremomela Spanish: Eremomela culigualda

Eremomela flavicrissalis


, 1895,

Wabe Shebele, south Ethiopia




Somalia (except NW, NE & S), S & SE Ethiopia, NE Uganda (Moroto) and N & E Kenya (Turkana to Marsabit and Mandera, and S to Samburu, middle R Tana and Tsavo East National Park).

Descriptive notes

8·5–9 cm; 4·5 g. A small, short-tailed Eremomela. Plumage is brown-tinged grey above, side of head paler grey (no distinct supercilium), uppertail-coverts... read more


Song a high “sureet-seet-seet-seet” or “seet-seet-seet-seet”; call a weak “sssp”.


Semi-desert scrub, low bush, open Commiphora woodland and other bushed savanna with trees... read more

Food and feeding

Small insects. Forages in bushes and tree canopy, usually alone, sometimes two or three together. Searches busily among leaves and twigs;... read more


May in Ethiopia and Jan in SE Kenya; nest-building in Apr, May and Dec in Somalia. Nest, built by both sexes, a small cup of grasses and... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted to arid parts of E Africa, where common in Somalia, rather uncommon elsewhere. Range in C Kenya apparently contracting.

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2019). Yellow-vented Eremomela (Eremomela flavicrissalis). 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 17 September 2019).