Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Churring Cisticola (Cisticola njombe)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole njombé German: Njombezistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Njombé
Taxonomy:

Cisticola aberrans njombe

Lynes

, 1933,

Njombe, Tanzania

.

Birds of Nyika Plateau sometimes separated as race nyikae, on basis of slightly darker coloration; this race was sometimes listed under replacement name mariae (as in HBW), due to wrongly perceived homonymy with C. aberrans nyika#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Highlands of S Tanzania; also Nyika Plateau, in N Malawi and adjacent extreme NE Zambia.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; male 11–12 g, female 9–11 g. A medium-sized, streak-backed cisticola with rather plain reddish crown and fairly long graduated tail. Male nominate... read more

Voice

Male song, from low perch or in air, throughout day and even after sunset, a series of 4–10... read more

Habitat

Confined to Afrotropical highlands biome; occurs in montane grassland and rank vegetation along... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects. Forages by gleaning vegetation and on ground.

Breeding

Dec–Feb. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. In short display flight, male climbs jerkily at 60°, to 5–7 m above... read more

Movements

Little known; presumably mostly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Locally common to abundant.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Churring Cisticola (Cisticola njombe). 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/58614 on 17 September 2019).