French: Cisticole chanteuse German: Rostflügel-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola cantor
Seven subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. swanzii
(Sharpe, 1870) – Senegal E to S Nigeria.
C. c. concolor
(Heuglin, 1869) – N Nigeria E to SW Sudan and South Sudan.
C. c. adamauae
Reichenow, 1910 – Cameroon and SW DRCongo.
C. c. belli
Ogilvie-Grant, 1908 – Central African Republic, N DRCongo, Uganda and NW Tanzania.
C. c. cantans
(Heuglin, 1869) – highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
C. c. pictipennis
Madarász, 1904 – Kenya and N Tanzania.
C. c. muenzneri
Reichenow, 1916 – C Tanzania, E Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
12–14 cm; male 15–17 g, female 11–13 g. A medium-sized, plain-backed cisticola, tail graduated. Nominate race breeding has short whitish stripe from nares... read more
Male song variable, but with characteristic musical, ringing notes, “ju-hee”, “whee-choo”, “o-ki-... read more
Rank undergrowth, bracken (Pteridium) and briar (Smilax) with scattered trees and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet small invertebrates, including weevils and other beetles (Coleoptera), moths and caterpillars and occasional butterflies (Lepidoptera... read more
Nesting mainly Apr–Oct N of equator and Sept–Apr S of equator, with strong peak in Dec–Jan in SC Africa. Probably... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to abundant.
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