Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Foxy Cisticola (Cisticola troglodytes)


French: Cisticole russule German: Fuchszistensänger Spanish: Cistícola zorruno

Drymoica? troglodytes


, 1864,

River Jur, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan


See C. fulvicapilla. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. troglodytes (Antinori, 1864) – S Chad and Central African Republic E to S Sudan, South Sudan (except E) and extreme W Kenya.
  • C. t. ferrugineus Heuglin, 1864 – E Sudan, E South Sudan and W Ethiopia.
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm. A small, plain-backed cisticola with short to medium-length rounded tail and distinctive bright rufous upperparts. Nominate race has buffy-rufous face, slightly paler... read more


    Male song a series of nasal chips and slurs. Typical call a rapid series of hard “tsip” or “tat”... read more


    Confined to Sudan-Guinea savanna biome; occurs in semi-arid savannas, riparian scrub and dry,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects, including small beetles (Coleoptera). Usually in pairs. Forages on the ground and by gleaning vegetation; behaves like... read more


    Breeds Apr–Oct. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from top of bush or tree. No information on nest, nor on... read more


    Little known. Presumably mostly resident, but recorded in W Sudan (Darfur) only in summer (Mar... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Foxy Cisticola (Cisticola troglodytes). 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 19 September 2019).