French: Cisticole roussâtre German: Uferzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola alirrojo
probably near Durban, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. g. isodactylus
W. K. H. Peters, 1868 – S Malawi, Mozambique and extreme SE Zimbabwe.
C. g. galactotes
(Temminck, 1821) – S Mozambique and E coast of South Africa.
12–14 cm; male 13–16 g, female 12–15 g. A medium-sized cisticola with boldly striped back, brightly patterned plumage and fairly long graduated tail.... read more
Typical song a slightly buzzy “tzeet” or “trrt trrrt”, repeated... read more
Reedbeds, rushes and rank growth along edges of perennial wetlands, including estuaries, and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects and small invertebrates, including grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), small beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (... read more
Mainly Sept–Apr, but scattered records of breeding in winter. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from... read more
Largely resident, but disappears from pans that dry up in winter in SE Zimbabwe.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common.
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