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Photo by Mike Barth
Gatamaiyu Forest, Kenya, June 2012

Includes Chapin's Crombec

Sylvietta leucophrys


Length 9 cm; extremely short tail.

Rufous-brown head, greenish wings; underparts light grey (S. l. leucophrys and S. l. chloronota) to pale yellowish grey (S. l. chapini).
S. l. leucophrys and S. l. chloronota have a broad white eyebrow.


Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania



Sylvietta leucophrys has three subspecies[1]:

  • S. l. leucophrys
  • Western Kenya and western Uganda (Kibale Forest and Ruwenzori Mountains)
  • S. l. chloronota
  • S. l. chapini
  • Chapin's Crombec; sometimes split as a separate species
  • Lacks the white eyebrow of the other races, and is yellowish below
  • Lendu Plateau (eastern DRC)


Montane forest.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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