French: Cisticole cendrée German: Grauzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola ceniciento
Farré, Awash Valley, Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. cinereolus
Salvadori, 1888 – NE Ethiopia and N Somalia.
C. c. schillingsi
Reichenow, 1905 – SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia, S Somalia, Kenya and N Tanzania.
13–14 cm; 15–19 g. A medium-sized, relatively slender, streak-backed cisticola with fairly long, rounded tail; plumage washed out, with virtually no rufous tones... read more
Male song, from top of bush or small tree up to 3 m tall, a musical warble lasting 1·5–2... read more
Confined to Somali-Masai biome; occurs in arid grassland and semi-arid acacia (Acacia)... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), crickets (Orthoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), dragonflies (Odonata) and... read more
Little known. Dec in Sudan, and Apr–Jul in Ethiopia and E Africa. Breeds singly, but may be sequentially polygynous or a co-operative... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Density of 0·1–1 birds/ha recorded in Tsavo National Park, in Kenya.
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