French: Cisticole grise German: Rotschwanz-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola gris
Elephant Vlei, Damaraland, Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. ansorgei
Neumann, 1906 – SE Gabon, S Congo, C Angola, S DRCongo, N Zambia and Malawi.
C. r. rufilatus
(Hartlaub, 1870) – SE Angola, SW Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, W Zimbabwe and N South Africa.
C. r. vicinior
Clancey, 1973 – C Zimbabwe Plateau.
12–13 cm; male 11–14 g, female 10–12 g. A medium-sized, streak-backed cisticola with fairly long graduated tail and prominent pale supercilium. Male... read more
Male song a series of 5–12 regularly spaced, high notes, “tweee tweee tweee tweee tweee”,... read more
Semi-arid savannas and edges of broadleaf woodland, mainly on Kalahari sands; also scrubby habitats... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects, including bugs (Hemiptera). Occurs singly, in pairs or in family parties. Forages by gleaning vegetation and on ground.
Breeds Oct–Mar. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial in breeding season and possibly throughout year. Male advertises territory... read more
Largely resident; may move locally in response to habitat changes.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common. Recorded densities of 0·4–0·6 pairs/ha in Zimbabwe, 0·6 birds/ha in C Botswana and... read more
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