Mrs. Moreau's Warbler Scepomycter winifredae Scientific name definitions

Flemming P. Jensen
Version: 2.1 — Published March 3, 2023



Mrs. Moreau's Warbler is almost exclusively associated with dense undergrowth in clearings in montane forest where it moves around among tall herbs, shrubs, tangles of vines (including Abutilon, Impatiens, Tecomaria, and Tinnea), and on vine-covered trees (3, 23, 31, 32). It has also been recorded from areas where trees have been cut out and dense secondary growth had developed (33).

In the Uluguru Mountains, 33 territories were mapped from 1,475‒2,450 m elevation, with the majority recorded from 1,700–2,200 m (24). Most of the territories were in large natural glades with dense herbaceous cover and vines tangles, and epiphytes hanging from tall trees at forest edges or from trees within the glade (24). In a few cases, territories were located in glades with the ground covered mainly by bracken fern, while a few territories were located in a mosaic of 25-meter-tall trees and small light gaps, with herbaceous vegetation up to 2 m in height (24). A few territories were in thick, herbaceous vegetation in heavily disturbed low forest (24).

In the Ukaguru and Rubeho Mountains, Mrs. Moreau's Warbler was reported to be mainly associated with secondary undergrowth that developed in clearings created by landslides and disturbance by large mammals, such as African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) (5). In addition, logging of large trees and farm abandonment can create dense secondary undergrowth favored by this species (33, 5).

Recommended Citation

Jensen, F. P. (2023). Mrs. Moreau's Warbler (Scepomycter winifredae), version 2.1. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.mrmwar1.02.1