Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Pectoral-patch Cisticola (Cisticola brunnescens)


Taxonomy

French: Cisticole brune German: Blasskopf-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola pectoral
Taxonomy:

Cisticola brunnescens

Heuglin

, 1862,

Godofelassi, Hamassen, Eritrea

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Often considered conspecific with C. cinnamomeus, but the two occur together in Congo, where they occupy different habitats and are vocally quite distinct. Race gabun of C. ayresii might belong with present species; further study required. Six subspecies currently recognized.

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.
  • Also (race unclear) C, SW & extreme SE Gabon and C Congo.

    Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Male song, in aerial display, a hard, dry “dzip” repeated three times per second, often accompanied... read more

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

    Feb–Apr in Cameroon, Jun–Aug in NE Africa and during rains in E Africa. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings... read more

    Movements

    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common to abundant.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Pectoral-patch Cisticola (Cisticola brunnescens). 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/58647 on 17 September 2019).