Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Chirping Cisticola (Cisticola pipiens)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole pépiante German: Sumpfzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola gorjeador
Taxonomy:

Cisticola pipiens

Lynes

, 1930,

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Typical call a series of 2–3 notes followed immediately by long, dry trill, “chip chip-ip-... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    Nov–Apr, during rains, but a few breed earlier, from Oct, without acquiring breeding plumage; may attempt a second brood. Probably... read more

    Movements

    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common. Recorded density of c. 1 pair/ha in NW Zimbabwe.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. & Dean, R. (2019). Chirping Cisticola (Cisticola pipiens). 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/58625 on 19 September 2019).