French: Cisticole babillarde German: Waldzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola charlatán
J. W. von Müller
Nun River, Niger Delta, Nigeria
S Nigeria E to NE DRCongo and S to NW Angola; also SE Sierra Leone#R.
13–15 cm; male 15–19 g, female 11–14 g. A medium-sized, plain-backed cisticola with rather straight, slender bill, rufous wash on face, tail graduated;... read more
Male song 2–3 short notes followed by trill, and lasting 1–1·5 seconds, “ji-ji-ji-... read more
Confined to Guinea-Congo forests biome; occurs in tall grass with scattered bushes, including... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including termite alates (Isoptera), grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), caterpillars and butterflies (Lepidoptera... read more
Nesting in all months, peak May and Oct in Cameroon, Jan–Feb in Gabon, and Oct–Nov in PRCongo, DRCongo and Angola. Apparently... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant throughout much of its range; scarce in N Angola. Density at M’Passa, in Gabon, decreased from 1·7 birds/ha to 0·6 birds/ha... read more
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