Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chiniana) - HBW 11, p. 445

French: Cisticole grinçante German: Rotscheitel-Zistenänger Spanish: Cistícola Cascabel

Taxonomy: Drymoica chiniana A. Smith, 1843, near Zeerust, South Africa.
Geographical variation complex, and many races possibly no more than clinal forms; taxonomic review needed. Proposed race huilensis (S Angola) synonymized with smithersi. N population of nominate race recently split as race vulpiniceps, supposedly having redder crown, less streaked upperparts and whiter underparts in non-breeding plumage, but not widely accepted. Seventeen subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • simplex (Heuglin, 1869) - S Sudan, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.
  • fortis Lynes, 1930 - SE Gabon, PRCongo and S DRCongo S to NC Angola and Zambia (except SW & E).
  • fricki Mearns, 1913 - S Ethiopia and N Kenya.

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  • simplex (Heuglin, 1869) - S Sudan, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.
  • fortis Lynes, 1930 - SE Gabon, PRCongo and S DRCongo S to NC Angola and Zambia (except SW & E).
  • fricki Mearns, 1913 - S Ethiopia and N Kenya.
  • humilis Madarász, 1904 - highlands of E Uganda and W Kenya.
  • ukamba Lynes, 1930 - highlands of C Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • heterophrys Oberholser, 1906 - coastal Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • victoria Lynes, 1930 - SW Kenya and N Tanzania (area around L Victoria).
  • fischeri Reichenow, 1891 - NC Tanzania.
  • keithi Parkes, 1987 - SC Tanzania.
  • mbeya Parkes, 1987 - S Tanzania.
  • emendatus Vincent, 1944 - SE Tanzania, Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • procerus W. K. H. Peters, 1868 - E Zambia, S Malawi and C Mozambique.
  • bensoni Traylor, 1964 - S Zambia.
  • smithersi B. P. Hall, 1956 - S Angola, extreme N Namibia, NW Botswana, and extreme SW Zambia and W Zimbabwe.
  • chiniana (A. Smith, 1843) - Zimbabwe, interior S Mozambique, SE Botswana and South African plateau.
  • frater Reichenow, 1916 - C Namibia.
  • campestris Gould, 1845 - coastal plain of S Mozambique, Swaziland and E South Africa.