French: Cisticole siffleuse German: Pfeifzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola silbador
Cape Palmas, Liberia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. lateralis
(Fraser, 1843) – Senegal E to Cameroon.
C. l. antinorii
(Heuglin, 1869) – Central African Republic and N DRCongo E to South Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya.
C. l. modestus
(Bocage, 1880) – Gabon, Congo, S & E DRCongo, N Angola and extreme NW Zambia.
13–16 cm; male 14–21 g, female 12–19 g. A medium-sized, plain-backed cisticola with heavy bill and uniform crown and back; tail graduated. Male nominate... read more
Male song a series of 7–8 rather musical notes, often accelerating in pace, with distinct... read more
Tall grass savanna with bushes and trees, open woodland and farmland with patches of thickets; also... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including termite alates (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), bugs (... read more
Breeds in Apr–Nov N of equator and Sept–Feb S of it. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male sings from prominent high... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in W of range; scarce and local in S & E. Average density 0·61 birds/ha in Guinea savanna at Lamto, in Ivory Coast. Found to be common in... read more
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