French: Cisticole pépiante German: Sumpfzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola gorjeador
Huambo, Benguela, Angola.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. pipiens
Lynes, 1930 – W Angola.
C. p. congo
Lynes, 1936 – Burundi, S DRCongo, E Angola, Zambia and extreme SW Tanzania.
C. p. arundicola
Clancey, 1969 – SE Angola, SW Zambia, NE Namibia, N Botswana and extreme NW Zimbabwe.
12–14 cm; male 13–15 g, female 12–14 g. A medium-sized cisticola with boldly striped back and long, rather broad graduated tail. Male nominate race breeding... read more
Typical call a series of 2–3 notes followed immediately by long, dry trill, “chip chip-ip-... read more
Confined to Zambezian biome; occurs in tall reedbeds, papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) and tall... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Occurs singly, in pairs or in family parties. Forages by gleaning reeds and other... read more
Nov–Apr, during rains, but a few breed earlier, from Oct, without acquiring breeding plumage; may attempt a second brood. Probably... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Recorded density of c. 1 pair/ha in NW Zimbabwe.
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