Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Neddicky (Cisticola fulvicapilla) - HBW 11, p. 456

French: Cisticole à couronne rousse German: Braunkopf-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola Coronirrufo
Other common names: Piping Cisticola

Taxonomy: Sylvia fulvicapilla Vieillot, 1817, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with C. angusticauda; often treated as conspecific, and some evidence of hybrids in E & C Zambia, but the two differ in wing formula, and they occur in different habitats and have subtly different songs in area of overlap in W Zambia. Both may be closely allied to C. rufus and C. troglodytes. Geographical variation largely clinal, but S populations are slate-grey below, whereas those farther N are creamy white or buffy. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • dispar Sousa, 1887 - SE Gabon, S PRCongo, extreme SW DRCongo, C Angola and NW Zambia.
  • muelleri Alexander, 1899 - C& E Zambia, Malawi, S Tanzania, Mozambique (S to R Save) and NE Zimbabwe.
  • hallae Benson, 1955 - S Angola, SW Zambia, NE Namibia, N Botswana and W Zimbabwe.

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  • dispar Sousa, 1887 - SE Gabon, S PRCongo, extreme SW DRCongo, C Angola and NW Zambia.
  • muelleri Alexander, 1899 - C& E Zambia, Malawi, S Tanzania, Mozambique (S to R Save) and NE Zimbabwe.
  • hallae Benson, 1955 - S Angola, SW Zambia, NE Namibia, N Botswana and W Zimbabwe.
  • dexter Clancey, 1971 - C Zimbabwe, SE Botswana and savanna areas of NE South Africa.
  • ruficapilla (A. Smith, 1842) - grassland areas on South African plateau.
  • lebombo Roberts, 1936 - S Mozambique, E South African lowveld and E Swaziland.
  • fulvicapilla (Vieillot, 1817) - E South Africa (interior of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.
  • dumicola Clancey, 1983 - E& C coast of South Africa from N KwaZulu-Natal S to George.
  • silberbauer (Roberts, 1919) - winter-rainfall area of SW South Africa (E to George).
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