French: Cisticole robuste German: Amharazistensänger Spanish: Cistícola robusto
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. santae
Bates, 1926 – Western Stout Cisticola – highlands of SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon.
C. r. schraderi
Neumann, 1906 – Eritrea and adjacent N Ethiopia.
C. r. robustus
(Rüppell, 1845) – Eastern Stout Cisticola – N Ethiopian Plateau.
C. r. omo
Neumann & Lynes, 1928 – Omo Cisticola – S Ethiopian Plateau.
C. r. nuchalis
Reichenow, 1893 – Rufous-crowned Cisticola – E Congo; E DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya S to N Tanzania.
C. r. awemba
Lynes, 1933 – SE DRCongo, NE Zambia and SW Tanzania.
C. r. angolensis
(Bocage, 1877) – Angola Cisticola – Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia.
13–16 cm; male 16–25 g, female 14–24 g. A large, stocky cisticola with rufous nuchal collar, heavy bill, plain face, boldly striped upperparts, and medium-... read more
Male song a short trill, “tr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r”, 0·5–1 seconds, that of race nuchalis... read more
Moist, short grassland with scattered bushes and trees, dambos, grassy mountain slopes and rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including small grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), small beetles, weevils... read more
Nests during rains, May–Jul and Sept–Oct N of equator and Mar–Jul and Sept–Jan S of it. Monogamous; possibly... read more
Little known. Presumably mostly resident, but apparently disappears from some areas in W Kenya... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range. One record from S Sudan; status there uncertain. Racial identity of isolated and localized population in E PRCongo (... read more
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