French: Cisticole à sonnette German: Vleyzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Levaillant
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Vaal River, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. t. dyleffi
Prigogine, 1952 – E DRCongo (NW of L Tanganyika).
C. t. oreophilus
van Someren, 1922 – W Kenyan highlands.
C. t. perpullus
E. J. O. Hartert, 1920 – Angola, S DRCongo and W Zambia.
C. t. shiwae
C. M. N. White, 1947 – E Zambia, SW Tanzania and extreme SE DRCongo.
C. t. tinniens
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1842) – Zimbabwe, adjacent highlands of Mozambique and summer-rainfall area of South Africa.
C. t. elegans
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) – SW South Africa (W of Port Elizabeth).
13–14 cm; male 11–14 g, female 9–12 g. A medium-sized cisticola with boldly striped back, brightly patterned plumage, and long graduated tail. Nominate race... read more
Male song, given throughout year, a lively, musical phrase lasting 0·8–1 seconds, with... read more
Rank grasses and sedges, edges of reedbeds, bamboo, moist grassland and shrubs, sometimes far from... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects and other invertebrates, including small beetles and weevils (Coleoptera), ants and wasps (Hymenoptera), short-... read more
Breeds Jul–May, usually in rains; in South Africa, 2–3 months earlier in winter-rainfall region (race elegans) than in... read more
Mostly resident; suspected to move locally to lower elevations in winter in South Africa, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in South Africa, becoming less common farther N. Has benefited from construction of farm dams in South Africa, this offsetting... read more
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