Mrs. Moreau's Warbler Scepomycter winifredae Scientific name definitions

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


Field Identification

A medium-sized (length 13‒14 cm, mass ~16.5 g) warbler-like bird of dense forest undergrowth with a bright rufous head and upper breast, gray body, and blackish wings and tail. Difficult to observe, often discovered by its song which is typically delivered as a duet.

Similar Species

Mrs. Moreau's Warbler could be confused with the African Tailorbird (Artisornis metopias), another warbler-like species (Cisticolidae) of montane forest undergrowth. Both species have a grayish body and a rufous hood that extends from the head to the breast; however, Mrs. Moreau's Warbler is chunkier, with a darker, more evenly rufous hood, and a more uniformly gray body. The African Tailorbird (Artisornis metopias) is a smaller and daintier species, with a more whitish throat.

Mrs. Moreau's Warbler may also be confused with Chapin's Apalis (Apalis chapini), which is smaller and more slender, with a longer tail, less contrast between the rufous hood and the gray body, and a lighter throat (subspecies chapini).

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