Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Bubbling Cisticola (Cisticola bulliens)


French: Cisticole murmure German: Angolazistensänger Spanish: Cistícola murmurador

Cisticola bulliens


, 1930,

Lobito Bay, Angola


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. septentrionalis Tye, 1992 – NW Angola (Cabinda S to Cuanza Sul) and extreme SW DRCongo.
  • C. b. bulliens Lynes, 1930 – WC Angola (from Gabela S to Namibe).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 14–18 g. A medium-sized cisticola, plain-backed in breeding plumage, slightly streaked above in non-breeding plumage, tail graduated; has rufous... read more


    Male song a fast, ebullient “chi-chi-chi-chrrrrr”, similar to those of C. chiniana and... read more


    Occurs in dry savanna with coarse grass and thickets, forest edges and clearings, and coastal scrub... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and termite alates (Isoptera). Forages by gleaning among vegetation; rarely by aerial... read more


    Breeds Oct–Jul, mainly Feb–Apr, linked to rains. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from high perch, mouth... read more


    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common within its restricted range. No signi­ficant threats identified.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Bubbling Cisticola (Cisticola bulliens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 September 2019).