Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Lazy Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans) - HBW 11, p. 444

French: Cisticole paresseuse German: Langschwanz-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola Perezoso
Other common names: Rock-loving Cisticola (N & C races)

Taxonomy: Drymoica aberrans A. Smith, 1843, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Races from W & E Africa S to Angola, E Malawi and N Mozambique sometimes treated as a separate species on basis of spotted tail and narrow habitat preferences, but lurio is intermediate; affinity of isolated Angolan race bailunduensis uncertain. Proposed race teitensis (from SE Kenya) synonymized with emini. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • admiralis Bates, 1930 - locally from S Mauritania, Guinea and Mali E to Ghana, Togo and N Benin.
  • petrophilus Alexander, 1907 - Nigeria and Cameroon E to S Sudan and NE DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • bailunduensis Neumann, 1931 - W Angola.

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  • admiralis Bates, 1930 - locally from S Mauritania, Guinea and Mali E to Ghana, Togo and N Benin.
  • petrophilus Alexander, 1907 - Nigeria and Cameroon E to S Sudan and NE DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • bailunduensis Neumann, 1931 - W Angola.
  • emini Reichenow, 1892 - S Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • nyika Lynes, 1930 - SW Tanzania, Zambia, W Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique (W of Rift Valley).
  • lurio Vincent, 1933 - E Malawi and N Mozambique (E of Rift Valley).
  • aberrans (A. Smith, 1843) - SE Botswana and South African plateau.
  • minor Roberts, 1913 - coastal plain of S Mozambique, E Swaziland and E & SE South Africa.
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