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Madagascar Brush Warbler

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Alternative names: Malagasy Brush Warbler; Madagascan Brush Warbler

Photo by balticbird Perinet, Madagascar
Photo by balticbird
Perinet, Madagascar
Nesillas typica


[edit] Identification

17-18 cm. A rather large warbler.

  • Olive-brown plumage
  • Short tail
  • Long, narrow, graduated tail
  • Pale buffish supercilium to just behind eye, poorly marked dusky eyestripe
  • Palye yellowish-buff underparts, whiter on chin and throat, browner on flanks and undertail-coverts and with soft greyish streaks from chin to breast
  • obscura is darker than nominate, less greenish above, has a greyer head and less yellowish underparts
  • moheliensis is warmer brown, less olive and yellower below

Sexes alike, juveniles are uniformly brownish grey.

[edit] Distribution

Madagascar and Mohéli (Comoro Islands).
Common to abundant in its habitat.

[edit] Taxonomy

Sometimes considered conspecific with Anjouan Brush Warbler.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • N. t. moheliensis:
  • N. t. obscura:
  • N. t. typica:

[edit] Habitat

Undergrowth of dense primary and degraded forest, also in secondary growth, gardens and plantations. Occurs from sea-level up to 2700 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects.
Forages in bushy vegetation and dense shrubbery, sometimes on the ground. Forages alone or in pairs. Forages much lower on Mohéli than Moheli Brush Warbler.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from August to February, mainly October to December in Madagascar. The nest is a cup made of woven dry grasses and lined with softer material. It's placed close to the ground in thick grass tuft or in a bush. Lays two eggs.

[edit] Movements

This is a sedentary species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)

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