Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Luapula Cisticola (Cisticola luapula)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole du Luapula German: Luapulazistensänger Spanish: Cistícola del Luapula
Taxonomy:

Cisticola galactotes luapula

Lynes

, 1933,

Lake Bangweulu, north-east Zambia

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See C. galactotes. Does not respond to playback of C. galactotes song in SW of its range, but more information needed from NE, where range abuts that of C. marginatus. Geographical variation limited; little evidence to support recognition of proposed races schoutedeni (NW Zambia) or stagnans (N Botswana). Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Angola, L Mweru, SE DRCongo, Zambia except extreme NE (reaches Bangweulu), N & NE Namibia, N Botswana and NW Zimbabwe.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm. A medium-sized cisticola with boldly striped back, brightly patterned plumage and fairly long graduated tail. In breeding plumage has creamy face, ear-coverts... read more

Voice

Male song, from perch and in aerial display, a sharp “tidick tidick tidick…”; partners also give “... read more

Habitat

Reedbeds, rank growth and emergent aquatic vegetation in water up to 0·5 m deep along edges of... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly small insects. Forages by gleaning reeds and adjacent vegetation, occasionally on the ground.

Breeding

Breeds Nov–Apr. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from perch for up to 5 minutes; in display flight, circles to... read more

Movements

Resident; in some areas, moves locally to floodplains in summer to breed.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Common. Recorded density of up to 0·5 pairs/ha in NW Zimbabwe. Easily overlooked when not breeding.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2018). Luapula Cisticola (Cisticola luapula). 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/58621 on 14 November 2018).