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Birdwatching in Africa - Singing Cisticola, Cisticola cantans

The Singing Cisticola (Cisticola cantans) is a species of bird in the Cisticolidae family. It is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

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Length: 14 cm
Weight: 11 - 17 g
Distinctive Feature

Similar Species

From opus at the forum for wild birds and birding.
Female / Male

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Listen to the Singing Cisticola

Remarks from the Recordist

Scolding calls of two birds, given after song heard. Song featured in XC474466. Variable Sunbird erratically calling from 0:24.

Remarks from the Recordist

Burst of song from bird not seen on slope below track.

Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 26 October 2019
Location: Ethio-German Park Hotel, Debre Libanos, Ethiopia

Singing Cisticola, Cisticola cantans
Singing Cisticola

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