French: Cisticole du Nil German: Heuglinzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola del Nilo
upper White Nile, 7–9° N, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. amphilectus
Reichenow, 1875 – S Mauritania and Senegal E to Ghana, S Nigeria, Cameroon and W Congo Basin (S to Cabinda, in N Angola).
C. m. zalingei
Lynes, 1930 – N Nigeria (possibly also Mali and Niger) E to W Sudan.
C. m. marginatus
(Heuglin, 1869) – S Sudan (White Nile Valley S from Khartoum), South Sudan, extreme W Ethiopia#R and N Uganda.
C. m. nyansae
Neumann, 1905 – C & E DRCongo, Uganda and Kenya.
C. m. suahelicus
Neumann, 1905 – Tanzania, SE DRCongo and extreme NE Zambia.
12–14 cm; male 12–19 g, female 10–18 g. A medium-sized cisticola with striped back, brightly patterned plumage and fairly long tail. Nominate race breeding... read more
Male song a dry, insect-like trill, “krrrrrrrrrrrrrr”, often rising slightly in pitch... read more
Tall grasses, sedges and other rank growth along edges of marshes and reedbeds; also rice paddies... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other small invertebrates, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantodea),... read more
Mainly during rains, Jun–Dec N of equator and Sept–Feb S of it, but some breeding in all months; some pairs double-brooded in W... read more
Presumably mostly resident; may move locally to breed in seasonal wetlands, retiring to reedbeds... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Locally common. Little affected by human activities around villages in Ugandan savannas. Moves out of areas that are burnt, but recolonizes once vegetation has... read more
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