Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Huambo Cisticola (Cisticola bailunduensis)


French: Cisticole des Bailundos German: Huambozistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Huambo

Cisticola emini bailunduensis


, 1931,

Chipepe, Bailundo, Benguela, Angola


Review (in preparation)#R, along with examination of specimen evidence, shows that this species, hitherto considered conspecific with C. aberrans, differs in its white belly and vent (providing greater contrast with rufous “trousers”) (2); finer bill (at least 1); unstreaked vs vaguely streaked back (1); different habitat, never feeding on rocky ground and often using upper parts of trees (1); and entirely different song, a pleasant melodious warble consisting of several clear whistles alternated with high-pitched trills or buzzy notes vs a combination of drawn-out nasal buzzy notes and short rapidly delivered notes or staccato chips (hence, among other things not itemized, many fewer different notes in a strophe: score 3)#R. Monotypic.

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W Angola.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. A medium-sized, rather plain-backed cisticola with long and slender graduated tail often held cocked, recalling a prinia. Adult has grey-brown face washed rufous,... read more


Song is described as a pleasant melodious warble consisting of several clear whistles alternated... read more


Prefers rocky hillsides with rank grassy vegetation and abundant trees, often at the edges of... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unreported, but presumably exclusively invertebrates. Foraging behaviour not well known but appears to differ from that of C.... read more


Almost nothing known; reported in Dec–Feb, but specimens in breeding condition taken on Mt Moco in Sep and Oct. Nest undescribed. Eggs also... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to Western Angola EBA. Believed to be fairly common within its overall range of c. 70,000 km², but... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Huambo Cisticola (Cisticola bailunduensis). 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 17 September 2019).