Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Chubb's Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi) - HBW 11, p. 443

French: Cisticole de Chubb German: Farnzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Chubb
Other common names: Brown-backed Cisticola (adametzi, discolor)

Taxonomy: Cisticola chubbi Sharpe, 1892, Mnagiki, Mount Elgon, Kenya.
Forms a superspecies with C. hunteri and C. nigriloris, and apparently also with undescribed “Kilombero Cisticola” from SE Tanzania (see page 382). W races adametzi and discolor sometimes considered to represent a separate species, but appear vocally similar to E races; further investigation needed. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • adametzi Reichenow, 1910 - highlands of SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon.
  • discolor Sjöstedt, 1893 - Mt Cameroon.
  • chubbi Sharpe, 1892 - highlands of E DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.
  • marungensis Chapin, 1932 - Marungu Mts, in SE DRCongo.

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