Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Hunter's Cisticola (Cisticola hunteri)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole de Hunter German: Gebirgszistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Hunter
Taxonomy:

Cisticola hunteri

Shelley

, 1889,

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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Birds in N of range (Mt Elgon) plainer and more rufous than those in S (N Tanzania), which are browner and more streaked; also some altitudinal variation, birds from more open habitats at high elevations on Mt Kilimanjaro being drabber than those lower down; but variation seems to be clinal. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Highlands of E Uganda (Mt Elgon), WC Kenya and N Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; male 14–19 g, female 12–18 g. A fairly large cisticola, plain or mottled on back, with dark lores and duetting display; tail graduated. Has rufous... read more

Voice

Sings throughout year. Partners duet, male producing sweet whistles as “wheet-cheeer”, “too-it”, “... read more

Habitat

Confined to Afrotropical highlands biome; occurs in dense undergrowth, rank growth on edges of... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantodea), and caterpillars, moths and butterflies... read more

Breeding

Breeds Mar–Nov, probably throughout year, but mainly during rains; possibly double-brooded. Probably monogamous; solitary,... read more

Movements

Sedentary; groups remain at same site for several years.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Kenyan Mountains EBA. Common to abundant throughout its small range.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Hunter's Cisticola (Cisticola hunteri). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58609 on 26 August 2019).