French: Cisticole russule German: Fuchszistensänger Spanish: Cistícola zorruno
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.
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.
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