French: Cisticole à dos noir German: Schwarzrücken-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola dorsinegro
Other common names:
Upper Gazelle River, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
C. e. occidens
Lynes, 1930 – Senegal E patchily to Nigeria and N Cameroon.
C. e. winneba
Lynes, 1931 – coastal Ghana.
C. e. eximius
(Heuglin, 1869) – locally in Congo, S Chad, N Central African Republic, NE DRCongo, South Sudan, NW Uganda (Murchinson Falls#R) and extreme SW Kenya (Masai Mara). Possibly extinct in Eritrea (one old record from Asmara) and NW Ethiopia (old records from Gojam)#R.
10 cm; 11–13 g. A small, richly coloured cisticola with short, rounded tail and streaked upperparts. Male nominate race breeding has crown, face and neck reddish-brown... read more
Male song, usually in aerial display, a series of thin “tsree” or “dzuaah” notes, at rate of 2... read more
Short and medium-tall grassland, both in dry areas and in areas subject to seasonal flooding, where... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects, including bugs (Hemiptera) and ants (Hymenoptera). Feeds on the ground; often runs away when disturbed.
Nesting May–Nov, during rains. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from tall grass stalk or in aerial display, 50... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident, but subject to local movements to exploit suitable... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in much of W Africa, becoming locally common in PRCongo, Uganda and N Ethiopia. “Dozens” arrived in a 1-ha dambo in PRCongo after a fire.
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