Species names in all available languages
|English||Mrs. Moreau's Warbler|
|English (United States)||Mrs. Moreau's Warbler|
|French||Cisticole de Winifred|
|French (French Guiana)||Cisticole de Winifred|
|Spanish||Prinia de Winifred|
|Spanish (Spain)||Prinia de Winifred|
Flemming P. Jensen revised the account.
Scepomycter winifredae (Moreau, 1938)
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Mrs. Moreau's Warbler Scepomycter winifredae Scientific name definitions
Version: 2.1 — Published March 3, 2023
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Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Typically difficult to observe in dense montane forest clearings, but often detected by its loud and extraordinary duet song.
Song. Often a duet, with one bird (probably the male) typically whistling a drawn-out “eeeee” (very similar to the call) that alternates with “dewy-dewy-dewy-dewy…” of female; recordings from the Uluguru Mountains (xeno-canto, XC440096) and Ukaguru Mountains . The duet song is often varied with the second bird (probably the female) singing different phrases , or joining in at intervals only, sometimes with just a short, buzzy note “dzz-dzz….dzz…dzz-dzz-dzz…” (17).
Call. The call (but perhaps a song, presumably given by male) is a long drawn-out whistle on one pitch “weeeeee”, lasting ca. 1.5 s, repeated every two seconds; recording from the Uluguru Mountains (xeno-canto, XC430103).
No consistent variation has been noted among populations or between the two subspecies.
Daily Pattern of Vocalizing
Places of Vocalizing
Singing birds usually sit low in the undergrowth, at a height of 0.5–2 m.
Repertoire and Delivery of Songs
Social Context and Presumed Functions of Vocalizations
Song likely has a territorial function.