Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Chattering Cisticola (Cisticola anonymus)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole babillarde German: Waldzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola charlatán
Taxonomy:

Drymoeca anonyma

J. W. von Müller

, 1855,

Nun River, Niger Delta, Nigeria

.

Recently confirmed to occur in Sierra Leone, c. 1500 km from species’ main distribution; further research needed to determine whether this population might be subspecifically distinct#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Nigeria E to NE DRCongo and S to NW Angola; also SE Sierra Leone#R.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Male song 2–3 short notes followed by trill, and lasting 1–1·5 seconds, “ji-ji-ji-... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Largely sedentary.

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

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Chattering Cisticola (Cisticola anonymus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58606 on 17 September 2019).