French: Cisticole à couronne dorée German: Goldkopf-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola cabecidorado
Vigors and Horsfield
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. e. erythrocephalus
Blyth, 1851 – S India (C & S Karnataka, W Tamil Nadu and Kerala).
C. e. tytleri
Jerdon, 1863 – N India and S Nepal E to N & W Myanmar and S China (SE Xizang, W Yunnan).
C. e. equicaudatus
E. C. S. Baker, 1924 – E Myanmar, Thailand (except S), Laos, Cambodia and S Vietnam.
C. e. courtoisi
La Touche, 1926 – S & E China (SE Yunnan E to S Anhui and NW Fujian, S to Guanxi and Guangdong).
C. e. volitans
(Swinhoe, 1859) – Taiwan.
C. e. semirufus
Cabanis, 1872 – Philippines (except Palawan) and Sulu Archipelago.
C. e. lineocapilla
Gould, 1847 – Sumatra, SW Borneo, Java, Lesser Sundas and NW Australia.
C. e. rusticus
Wallace, 1863 – Sulawesi, Peleng, Buru and Seram.
C. e. diminutus
Mathews, 1922 – New Guinea lowlands, islands in Torres Strait and NE Australia (N Queensland).
C. e. polionotus
Mayr, 1934 – Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland and adjacent islands).
C. e. alexandrae
Mathews, 1912 – N Australia (N Western Australia, interior of Northern Territory E to C Queensland).
C. e. exilis
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – SE Australia (SE Queensland, New South Wales, SE South Australia, SE Victoria, and King I).
9–11·5 cm; male 7–10 g, female 6–8 g. A small cisticola with streaked upperparts; rounded tail short in breeding plumage, of medium length in... read more
Male song, given in summer breeding season, from exposed perch or in air, of 1–3 nasal,... read more
Rank grassland in savanna and woodland, bracken scrub, grassy hillsides and croplands, including... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects and other invertebrates, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), ants (... read more
Mainly during rains, Apr–Aug in India, May–Jul in China, Apr–Sept in SE Asia and Philippines, Sept–Mar in Sulawesi... read more
Mainly resident or locally nomadic, moving in response to local habitat changes (e.g. grassland... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common throughout much of its range; rare in C India. In Australia, density estimated at up to 26·7 birds/ha in Kimberley region, but... read more
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