Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Pectoral-patch Cisticola (Cisticola brunnescens) - HBW 11, p. 463

French: Cisticole brune German: Blasskopf-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola Pectoral

Taxonomy: Cisticola brunnescens Heuglin, 1862, Godofelassi, Hamassen, Eritrea.
Often considered conspecific with C. cinnamomeus, but the two occur together in PRCongo, where they occupy different habitats and are vocally quite distinct. Racial identity of populations in C, SW & extreme SE Gabon and C PRCongo uncertain; race gabun of C. ayresii might belong with present species; further study required. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lynesi Bates, 1926 - highlands of SW Cameroon.
  • mbangensis Chappuis & Érard, 1973 - Adamawa Plateau, in C Cameroon.
  • wambera Lynes, 1930 - Wambera Plateau, in NW Ethiopia.

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  • lynesi Bates, 1926 - highlands of SW Cameroon.
  • mbangensis Chappuis & Érard, 1973 - Adamawa Plateau, in C Cameroon.
  • wambera Lynes, 1930 - Wambera Plateau, in NW Ethiopia.
  • brunnescens Heuglin, 1862 - N Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia and extreme N Kenya.
  • nakuruensis van Someren, 1922 - Kenya and N Tanzania W of Rift Valley.
  • hindii Sharpe, 1896 - Kenya and N Tanzania E of Rift Valley.
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