French: Cisticole plaintive German: Trauerzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola plañidero
Hartlaub and Finsch
Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. distinctus
Lynes, 1930 – Lynes's Cisticola – E Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
C. l. namba
Lynes, 1931 – W Angola.
C. l. semifasciatus
Reichenow, 1905 – S Tanzania, NE Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique.
C. l. oreobates
Irwin, 1966 – Mt Gorongosa, in C Mozambique.
C. l. mashona
Lynes, 1930 – E highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique and NE South Africa.
C. l. monticola
Roberts, 1913 – N South Africa (Gauteng and E North West Province).
C. l. lais
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) – Wailing Cisticola – E South Africa and Lesotho.
C. l. maculatus
Lynes, 1930 – S South Africa (S Western Cape E to Port Elizabeth).
13–14 cm; male 13–18 g, female 10–14 g. A medium-sized, streak-backed cisticola with fairly long graduated tail, and grey back contrasting with rufous crown... read more
Male song a strident, ascending rattle preceded by a few stuttering notes, “t-t-trrrreeeeee... read more
Montane grassland, favouring rocky slopes with grass or short scrub, including Protea... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including weevils and beetles (Coleoptera), termite alates (Isoptera), grasshoppers (... read more
Breeds Oct–Mar, following first rains; in Malawi breeds earlier at higher elevations (driven by earlier rains). Probably monogamous;... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident. Reported as descending to lower elevations in S Africa (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range; isolated race namba not uncommon in Angola. Recorded inter-nest distances sometimes less than 50 m, suggesting... read more
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