French: Cisticole châtaine German: Zimtzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola castaño
Other common names:
Wetland Cisticola (“taciturnus”)
Ngomingi, Uhehe District, south Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. midcongo
Lynes, 1938 – SE Gabon, Congo and adjacent W DRCongo.
C. c. cinnamomeus
Reichenow, 1904 – C & E Angola, SE DRCongo, Zambia, S Tanzania, Zimbabwe and N Botswana.
C. c. egregius
(Roberts, 1913) – S Mozambique and E South Africa.
10 cm; 8–11 g. A small cisticola with short, rounded tail and streaked upperparts. Male nominate race breeding has dark yellowish-brown supercilium, large dark loral... read more
Male song, from perch or in aerial display, a repeated series of 4–8 high-pitched, slightly... read more
Short, moist grassland, usually around marshes and drainage lines; found in wetter, more marshy... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects and other invertebrates, including wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Breeds Oct–May (mainly Nov–Jan), during rains. Monogamous; solitary, territorial. Female in non-breeding plumage with two... read more
Mainly resident; may move locally according to environmental conditions. Regarded as an altitudinal... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Locally common. Density of up to 0·2 pairs/ha in Zambia. Status in Botswana uncertain; possibly only a vagrant. This species’ wetland habitat is... read more
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