French: Cisticole à dos gris German: Bergzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola dorsigrís
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. newtoni
A. A. R. Pinto, 1967 – extreme SW Angola (Namibe) and NW Namibia.
C. s. windhoekensis
(Roberts, 1937) – Namib Cisticola – NC Namibia.
C. s. karasensis
(Roberts, 1937) – S Namibia S to South Africa (interior of Northern Cape).
C. s. namaqua
Lynes, 1930 – Succulent karoo region of Northern Cape, in South Africa.
C. s. subruficapilla
(A. Smith, 1843) – Red-headed Cisticola – Western Cape (South Africa).
C. s. jamesi
Lynes, 1930 – Plain-breasted Cisticola – Eastern Cape (South Africa).
12–13 cm; male 10–15 g, female 8–12 g. A medium-small, streak-backed cisticola with fairly long graduated tail, and grey back contrasting with rusty brown... read more
Male song, given all year, a trill, “tr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r”, slower than that of C. lais,... read more
Shrublands, including renosterveld, sandplain and mountain fynbos, open strandveld, dune scrub,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including beetles and their larvae (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), termites (Isoptera),... read more
Nesting Jul–Feb. Usually monogamous, but male plays little part in chick-rearing and may be serially polygynous; one male attended... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident, but may move locally in arid areas in response to rain.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant; especially numerous in renosterveld-Karoo fringe. Density of up to 0·15 birds/ha in mountain fynbos in Western Cape, in South... read more
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