Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Carruthers's Cisticola (Cisticola carruthersi)


French: Cisticole de Carruthers German: Papyruszistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Carruthers

Cisticola carruthersi


, 1909,

Mokia, south-east Rwenzori, Uganda




E DRCongo, E & S Uganda, SW Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; male 10–14 g, female 9–12 g. A medium-small cisticola with striped back and a fairly long graduated tail. Has buff face, ear-coverts washed rufous... read more


Male song a loud, explosive trill of c. 7 (5–9) identical notes, lasting 1–2 seconds;... read more


Confined to L Victoria Basin biome; occurs in tall papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) swamps;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly small insects. Forages among papyrus and reeds, higher up than levels exploited by Little Rush-warbler (Bradypterus... read more


Breeds Apr–Jul, during rains. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest a loose oval, with side entrance at top, made of grass... read more


Little known; presumably mostly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common within its relatively small range. In W Kenya, 8 singing males/ha and up to 30 birds/ha. Growing human populations are placing... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Carruthers's Cisticola (Cisticola carruthersi). 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 19 September 2019).