French: Cisticole à ailes courtes German: Kurzflügel-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola alicorto
Other common names:
River Volta, Ghana
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. brachypterus
(Sharpe, 1870) – Senegal E to W & N South Sudan, S to N Angola (Cabinda) and N DRCongo.
C. b. hypoxanthus
Hartlaub, 1881 – NE DRCongo, S South Sudan and N Uganda.
C. b. zedlitzi
Reichenow, 1909 – E South Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopian highlands.
C. b. katonae
Madarász, 1904 – C Kenya and N Tanzania.
C. b. kericho
Lynes, 1930 – SW Kenya.
C. b. reichenowi
Mearns, 1911 – S Somalia, coastal Kenya and NE Tanzania.
C. b. ankole
Lynes, 1930 – E DRCongo and S Uganda S to NW Tanzania.
C. b. isabellinus
Reichenow, 1907 – C Tanzania and S & E Zambia S to Mozambique.
C. b. loanda
Lynes, 1930 – Angola, S DRCongo and N Zambia.
10–11 cm; male 6–11 g, female 6–10 g. A small, nondescript cisticola with medium-length graduated tail; rather plain above in breeding plumage, lightly... read more
Male song, seldom given outside breeding season, rather varied, consisting of a series of high-... read more
Clearings in broadleaf and other savanna woodlands, especially where there are dead trees, thickets... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera), termites (Isoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and... read more
Jul–Dec N of equator and Oct–Apr in S, mainly during and immediately after rainy season. Probably monogamous; solitary,... read more
Mostly resident. Possibly a local migrant in Nigeria; at least some local movement in S Malawi,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Average density 0·74 birds/ha in Guinea savanna at Lamto, in Ivory Coast.
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!