French: Cisticole à couronne rousse German: Braunkopf-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola coronirrufo
Other common names:
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. dispar
Sousa, 1887 – SE Gabon, S Congo, extreme SW DRCongo, C Angola and NW Zambia.
C. f. muelleri
Alexander, 1899 – C & E Zambia, Malawi, S Tanzania, Mozambique (S to R Save) and NE Zimbabwe.
C. f. hallae
Benson, 1955 – S Angola, SW Zambia, NE Namibia, N Botswana and W Zimbabwe.
C. f. dexter
Clancey, 1971 – C Zimbabwe, SE Botswana and savanna areas of NE South Africa.
C. f. ruficapilla
(A. Smith, 1842) – grassland areas on South African Plateau.
C. f. lebombo
Roberts, 1936 – S Mozambique, E South African lowveld and E Swaziland.
C. f. fulvicapilla
(Vieillot, 1817) – E South Africa (interior of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.
C. f. dumicola
Clancey, 1983 – E & C coast of South Africa from N KwaZulu-Natal S to George.
C. f. silberbauer
(Roberts, 1919) – winter-rainfall area of SW South Africa (E to George).
11 cm; male 6–12 g, female 7–10 g. A fairly small cisticola with rufous crown, plain back and medium-long graduated tail. Nominate race breeding has lores and... read more
Male song, from elevated perch, a frog-like, penetrating but rather ventriloqual “peeep peeep peeep... read more
Wide range of habitats; understorey of broadleaf woodland and acacia (Acacia) savanna,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including beetles and their larvae (Coleoptera), termites (Isoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera... read more
Mainly Sept–Feb (rarely Jul–Apr); mode 1–3 months earlier in winter-rainfall area of SW South Africa; protracted laying... read more
Mostly resident; a non-breeding visitor locally in S Malawi. Some limited altitudinal movement... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. In South Africa, density of up to 1 bird/ha in old fynbos in Western Cape, and 0·2 pairs/ha in acacia woodland and 0·1 pairs/ha in... read more
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