French: Cisticole d’Éthiopie German: Äthiopienzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola lúgubre
Sylvia (Cisticola) lugubris
See C. galactotes (below). Monotypic.
Highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
12–14 cm; male 14–15 g, female 12 g. A medium-sized cisticola with striped back and fairly long graduated tail. In breeding plumage has face creamy buff, ear-... read more
Little known; various “trrt” and “chit” calls, also a dry “... read more
Rank growth on edges of marshes, also drier habitats, including montane heath and bracken and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, obtained by gleaning from foliage, stems and on the ground.
Jun–Oct, with peak in Sept. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Apparently lacks aerial courtship display, other than rather... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Generally considered to be fairly common within its small range.
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