Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Desert Cisticola (Cisticola aridulus) - HBW 11, p. 459

French: Cisticole du désert German: Kalaharizistensänger Spanish: Cistícola del Kalahari

Taxonomy: Cisticola aridula Witherby, 1900, Gerazi, White Nile, 60 miles [96 km] south of Khartoum, Sudan.
Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aridulus Witherby, 1900 - Sahel from S Mauritania and Senegal E to Sudan.
  • lavendulae Ogilvie-Grant & Reid, 1901 - Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia and N Kenya.
  • tanganyika Lynes, 1930 - C & S Kenya and Tanzania.

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  • aridulus Witherby, 1900 - Sahel from S Mauritania and Senegal E to Sudan.
  • lavendulae Ogilvie-Grant & Reid, 1901 - Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia and N Kenya.
  • tanganyika Lynes, 1930 - C & S Kenya and Tanzania.
  • perplexus C. M. N. White, 1947 - NE Zambia (Bangweulu swamps).
  • lobito Lynes, 1930 - W Angola.
  • traylori Benson & Irwin, 1966 - E Angola and W Zambia.
  • eremicus Clancey, 1984 - S Angola, WC & S Zambia, N Namibia, N Botswana and Zimbabwe.
  • kalahari Ogilvie-Grant, 1910 - C Namibia, S Botswana and South African plateau.
  • caliginus Clancey, 1955 - E South Africa (lowveld and KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
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