French: Cisticole à face rousse German: Rotgesicht-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola carirrojo
Subspecies and Distribution
C. e. erythrops
(Hartlaub, 1857) – Red-faced Cisticola – Senegal and S Mauritania E to Central African Republic and NE Gabon, S to R Congo.
C. e. sylvia
Reichenow, 1904 – SW South Sudan, NE & E DRCongo, Kenya and C Tanzania.
C. e. pyrrhomitra
Reichenow, 1916 – E South Sudan and Ethiopia.
C. e. niloticus
Madarász, 1914 – upper Blue Nile, in SE Sudan.
C. e. nyasa
Lynes, 1930 – SE DRCongo and S Tanzania S to E South Africa.
C. e. lepe
Lynes, 1930 – Lepe Cisticola – W & N Angola, possibly extending E into SE DRCongo.
13–15 cm; male 12–18 g, female 10–16 g. A medium-sized, plain-backed cisticola with plain rufous face extending onto forehead. Nominate race breeding has... read more
Male song a series of loud, ringing notes, often in duet with female “pickup pickup pickup... read more
Tall, rank shrubs and grasses in damp hollows, small marshes and along streams and rivers,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), acridid grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more
Breeds Mar–Dec N of equator, Oct–Mar in S; some pairs attempt second brood in Kenya. Probably monogamous. Solitary; territorial... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Occurs at densities of up to 0·8 birds/ha in riverine forest in Swaziland.
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