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Yellow-bellied Eremomela - BirdForum Opus

Photo by volker sthamer
Langano, Ethiopia, July 2007
Eremomela icteropygialis


10 cm

  • Grey upperparts
  • Darker and more olive wings and tail
  • Thin pale grey supercilium
  • Blackish stripe through the eye
  • Grey breast
  • Lemon yellow belly
  • Black bill

Sexes similar
Juvenile has duller yellow underparts

The subspecies vary in the amount and intensity of the yellow on the belly. Birds in western southern Africa have a whitish throat and breast.


Africa south of the Sahara:
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland



There are nine subspecies:1


Open woodland, savanna, and dry scrub.



Monogamous, forming life pairs.
It builds a cup nest in the branches of a tree or shrub. The clutch consists of 2-4 white eggs.


The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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