The red-winged warbler or the red-winged prinia (Heliolais erythropterus) is a bird species in the family Cisticolidae. It belongs to the monotypic genus Heliolais. It is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, where its natural habitat is dry savanna.
The red-winged warbler was described by the Scottish naturalist William Jardine in 1849 under the binomial name Drymoica erythroptera. The type locality is West Africa. The specific epithet erythropterus comes from the Ancient Greek eruthros for "red" and -pteros, "-winged".
- H. e. erythropterus (Jardine, 1849) – Senegal to northern Cameroon
- H. e. jodopterus (Heuglin, 1864) – central Cameroon to southern Sudan and northwestern Uganda
- H. e. major (Blundell & Lovat, 1899) – Ethiopia
- H. e. rhodopterus (Shelley, 1880) – Kenya to eastern Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Some taxonomists place this species in the genus Prinia rather than in its own monotypic genus Heliolais. Support for this alternative placement is provided by a molecular phylogentic study of the Cisticolidae published in 2013 that found that the red-winged warbler was closely related to the prinias.
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- Red-winged warbler - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds.
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