French: Cisticole brune German: Blasskopf-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola pectoral
Godofelassi, Hamassen, Eritrea
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. lynesi
Bates, 1926 – Cameroon Cisticola – Bamenda Highlands in W Cameroon.
C. b. mbangensis
Chappuis & Érard, 1973 – Adamawa Plateau, in C Cameroon.
C. b. wambera
Lynes, 1930 – Wambera Plateau, in NW Ethiopia.
C. b. brunnescens
Heuglin, 1862 – Pectoral-patch Cisticola – N Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia and extreme N Kenya.
C. b. nakuruensis
van Someren, 1922 – Kenya and N Tanzania W of Rift Valley.
C. b. hindii
Sharpe, 1896 – Kenya and N Tanzania E of Rift Valley.
9–10 cm; 8–10 g. A small cisticola with short, rounded tail and streaked upperparts. Male nominate race breeding has creamy supercilium, narrow dark brown lores,... read more
Male song, in aerial display, a hard, dry “dzip” repeated three times per second, often accompanied... read more
Short-grass savannas, highland meadows, moist tussock grassland, giant lobelia moorland and montane... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and weevils (Coleoptera). Forages singly or in pairs, on the ground.
Feb–Apr in Cameroon, Jun–Aug in NE Africa and during rains in E Africa. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to abundant.
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