French: Cisticole à joues rousses German: Rotohrsänger Spanish: Prinia carirrufa
A. Smith, 1829,
Bitterfontein, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. etoshae
(Winterbottom, 1965) – N & C Namibia.
M. p. ocularius
(A. Smith, 1843) – S Namibia, S Botswana and N South Africa (S to R Orange).
M. p. pectoralis
A. Smith, 1829 – S South Africa (S of R Orange and SW Free State).
14–16 cm; male 10–12 g, female 9–11 g. Fairly small, prinia-like warbler with long, slender, graduated tail of only ten feathers; tail usually held cocked... read more
Male song, usually from low bush or fence wire, a fairly high-pitched, buzzy “tzee tzee tzee... read more
Arid and semi-arid scrub, usually where bushes widely spaced; also arid grassland provided that... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects and other invertebrates; also some fruit. Stomach contents include caterpillars (Lepidoptera), weevils and other beetles (... read more
Breeds after rains, mainly in summer throughout most of range, but Jul–Sept in winter-rainfall areas. Probably monogamous, may... read more
Mostly resident, but may move locally in response to rain; occasionally wanders S of normal range... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Occurs at densities of up to 0·1 birds/ha in Karoo shrubland. Populations in S Karoo decreased considerably during drought years in... read more
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