French: Cisticole masquée German: Schwarzzügel-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola enmascarado
Kombe, Misuku Mountains, north Malawi.
Highlands of S Tanzania, extreme NE Zambia and N Malawi.
15–17 cm; male 21–22 g, female 17–18 g. A large, plain-backed cisticola with distinctive black lores and duetting display; tail graduated. Has lores black,... read more
Sings throughout year. Partners sing antiphonal duet, male leads with 3–4 whistled notes,... read more
Confined to Afrotropical highlands biome; occurs in tall grass, bracken (Pteridium aquilinum... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects. Occurs in pairs and in family parties of up to nine individuals; often accompanied by Common Stonechats (Saxicola... read more
Nesting Nov–Apr, mainly during rains. Probably monogamous, but may have helpers at nest. Solitary nester, weakly territorial; pairs... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Fairy numerous within its very small range.
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