French: Cisticole malgache German: Madagaskarzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola malgache
Madagascar, and S Seychelles (Cosmoledo, Astove, Glorieuses Is).
11–12 cm; 8–11 g. A small cisticola with a medium-short rounded tail and streaked upperparts; has capped appearance; overall plumage tone varies from buffier to... read more
Male sings monotonous “tsit tsit tsit…or “tint tint tint…” in aerial display; also gives hoarser “... read more
Wide range of open habitats, including savanna, grassland, dune-scrub, marshes, pastures, and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including flies (Diptera), caterpillars and occasional moths (Lepidoptera). Occurs singly, in pairs or in family... read more
Nesting occurs in all months, mainly Nov–Apr. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male has undulating aerial song display, 3... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout Madagascar. Remains abundant on Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls, despite presence there of introduced rats (Rattus).
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