French: Cisticole naine German: Dornbusch-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola enano
G. A. Fischer and Reichenow
Ngaruka, near Arusha, north Tanzania
SE South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, SW Somalia and N & E Tanzania.
9–10 cm; 5–10 g. A tiny, rather plain-backed cisticola with rufous crown and short graduated tail. Has creamy supraloral stripe contrasting with grey-brown lores... read more
Male song a series of clear, high-pitched whistles, “tidi-te-wi” or “t’che-... read more
Confined to Somali-Masai biome; occurs in arid and semi-arid acacia (Acacia) savanna and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and small red grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Forages on the ground and by gleaning... read more
Nests Jan and Apr–Jul. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from top of bush or tree, makes short display flights... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common. First record for Uganda in 2011.
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