Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Churring Cisticola (Cisticola njombe)


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

Cisticola aberrans njombe


, 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.


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


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


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.


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


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 on 17 September 2019).