Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Madagascar Cisticola (Cisticola cherina)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole malgache German: Madagaskarzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola malgache
Taxonomy:

Drymoica cherina

A. Smith

, 1843,

Madagascar

.

Close relationship to C. juncidis and C. haesitatus postulated. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Madagascar, and S Seychelles (Cosmoledo, Astove, Glorieuses Is).

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Male sings monotonous “tsit tsit tsit…or “tint tint tint…” in aerial display; also gives hoarser “... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

Nesting occurs in all months, mainly Nov–Apr. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male has undulating aerial song display, 3... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common throughout Madagascar. Remains abundant on Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls, despite presence there of introduced rats (Rattus).

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Madagascar Cisticola (Cisticola cherina). 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/58642 on 17 September 2019).