French: Cisticole striée German: Strichelzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Natal
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. strangei
(Fraser, 1843) – Senegal E to most South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, SC Kenya and N Tanzania, S to Congo and Cabinda (N Angola).
C. n. tonga
Lynes, 1930 – S Sudan and extreme NE South Sudan.
C. n. inexpectatus
Neumann, 1906 – Eritrea and C Ethiopian highlands.
C. n. argenteus
Reichenow, 1905 – E South Sudan, S Ethiopia, N Kenya and S Somalia.
C. n. huambo
Lynes, 1930 – W & C Angola.
C. n. katanga
Lynes, 1930 – NE Angola, S DRCongo, Zambia (except SW & E), SW Tanzania and N Malawi.
C. n. natalensis
(A. Smith, 1843) – SC Tanzania, E Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and E South Africa.
C. n. holubii
(Pelzeln, 1882) – SW Zambia, NE Botswana and extreme W Zimbabwe.
13–17 cm; male 16–29 g, female 12–18 g. Large, stocky cisticola with very heavy bill, plain face and medium-long graduated tail. Nominate race breeding has... read more
Male song rather variable, in most of range a phrase of 2–3 notes, as “k’lonk-ééé”, “ti-plóp... read more
Tall grassland, savanna and edges of seasonal wetlands with scattered bushes or trees, including... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects and small invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantodea), termite alates (... read more
Nests during rains, Jul–Oct N of equator and Sept–Apr S of it. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial in breeding season... read more
Mostly resident; may be seasonal visitor to Botswana, and is a seasonal altitudinal migrant in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Average density 0·13 birds/ha in Guinea savanna at Lamto, in Ivory Coast. Territories are on average larger than those of other... read more
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