French: Cisticole gratte-nuage German: Zwergzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Ayres
Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. gabun
Lynes, 1931 – Gabon Cisticola – W Gabon, E Congo and extreme W DRCongo.
C. a. imatong
Cave, 1938 – extreme S South Sudan and NE Uganda.
C. a. entebbe
Lynes, 1930 – NE DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
C. a. itombwensis
Prigogine, 1957 – E DRCongo.
C. a. mauensis
van Someren, 1922 – highlands of Kenya and adjacent N Tanzania.
C. a. ayresii
Hartlaub, 1863 – Wing-snapping Cisticola – Angola, S DRCongo, extreme NW & NE Zambia, S Tanzania, N Malawi, Zimbabwe, E South Africa, W Swaziland and Lesotho.
9 cm; 6–11 g. A tiny cisticola with very short, rounded tail and streaked upperparts. Male nominate race breeding has broad, creamy supercilium, with lores and area... read more
Male song, usually in aerial display (but sometimes utters song elements while perched), in S... read more
Short, moist grasslands on well-drained soils, with bare patches between grass tufts, including... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects and other invertebrates, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), small beetles (Coleoptera), flies... read more
Breeds Apr–Jun N of equator and Sept–Mar in S. Monogamous and solitary, but some nests less than 10 m apart, suggesting... read more
Mostly resident, but may move locally away from burnt grassland in winter. Probably an altitudinal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range. Has suffered some loss of habitat to agriculture in many areas.
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