French: Cisticole rousse German: Rostzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola rojizo
Benue River, Idah, Niger River, Nigeria
Senegal, Mali and NW Sierra Leone E, patchily, to Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad and W Central African Republic.
10 cm; 6–9 g. A small, plain-backed cisticola with short to medium-length graduated tail. Has buffy-brown face, slightly paler supraloral stripe; warm brown above,... read more
Male song a series of high-pitched whistles, “see hu” or “see si hu”, easily confused with that of... read more
Confined to Sudan-Guinea savanna biome; occurs in semi-arid scrub and grassy savannas, often along... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects. Usually in pairs. Forages on the ground and by gleaning vegetation; behaves like a small wren (Troglodytidae),... read more
Nesting Jun–Oct in Ghana. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from top of small tree. Nest built inside green... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Populations recently reported from NW Sierra Leone; species is possibly more widely distributed within its currently... read more
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