Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Trilling Cisticola (Cisticola woosnami)


French: Cisticole de Woosnam German: Miombozistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Woosnam

Cisticola woosnami


, 1908,

Muhokya, south-east Rwenzori, Uganda


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. w. woosnami Ogilvie-Grant, 1908 – E DRCongo, Uganda and SW Kenya and N & C Tanzania.
  • C. w. lufira Lynes, 1930 – SW Tanzania, SE DRCongo, Zambia and N Malawi.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 13–14 g. A medium-sized, plain-backed cisticola with rather short, decurved bill, tail graduated; lacks rufous wingpanel. Male nominate race has narrow... read more


    Male song a loud, ascending trill, increasing in volume and lasting 2–3 seconds, “... read more


    Grassy areas in miombo (Brachystegia) and acacia (Acacia) woodland and savannas,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), small beetles (Coleoptera) and insect larvae. Forages by gleaning from vegetation... read more


    Breeds Mar–Dec in N of range and Jan–Apr in S, after rains. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male advertises... read more


    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Trilling Cisticola (Cisticola woosnami). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 September 2019).