Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Croaking Cisticola (Cisticola natalensis) - HBW 11, p. 452

French: Cisticole striée German: Strichelzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Natal

Taxonomy: Drymoica natalensis A. Smith, 1843, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Races intergrade to some extent, especially nominate and strangei through S Kenya, Tanzania and N Mozambique. Proposed races kapitensis (C Kenya to NE Tanzania) and littoralis (coast from SE Kenya to NE Tanzania) synonymized with strangei; matengorum (S Tanzania to N Mozambique) and vigilax (C Zimbabwe to NE S Africa) synonymized with nominate. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • strangei ( Fraser, 1843) - Senegal to SW Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, SC Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • tonga Lynes, 1930 - S Sudan.
  • inexpectatus Neumann, 1906 - Eritrea and C Ethiopian Highlands.

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  • strangei ( Fraser, 1843) - Senegal to SW Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, SC Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • tonga Lynes, 1930 - S Sudan.
  • inexpectatus Neumann, 1906 - Eritrea and C Ethiopian Highlands.
  • argenteus Reichenow, 1905 - S Ethiopia, N Kenya and S Somalia.
  • huambo Lynes, 1930 - W & C Angola.
  • katanga Lynes, 1930 - NE Angola, S DRCongo, Zambia (except SW & E), SW Tanzania and N Malawi.
  • natalensis (A. Smith, 1843) - SC Tanzania, E Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and E South Africa.
  • holubii ( Pelzeln, 1882) - SW Zambia, NE Botswana and extreme W Zimbabwe.
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