Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Red-faced Cisticola (Cisticola erythrops) - HBW 11, p. 441

French: Cisticole à face rousse German: Rotgesicht-Zistensänger Spanish: Cistícola Carirrojo
Other common names: Lepe Cisticola (lepe)

Taxonomy: Drymoeca erythrops Hartlaub, 1857, Calabar, Nigeria.
Sometimes placed in a superspecies with C. cantans, but ranges overlap considerably. Race lepe sometimes considered a separate species; reported as being locally sympatric with sylvia in SE DRCongo (Marungu Mts). Proposed races arcanus (described from NW Zambia) and elusus (E Zimbabwe) synonymized with nyasa. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • erythrops (Hartlaub, 1857) - Senegal and S Mauritania E to Central African Republic and NE Gabon, S to R Congo.
  • sylvia Reichenow, 1904 - SW Sudan, NE & E DRCongo, Kenya and C Tanzania.
  • pyrrhomitra Reichenow, 1916 - SE Sudan and Ethiopia.

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  • erythrops (Hartlaub, 1857) - Senegal and S Mauritania E to Central African Republic and NE Gabon, S to R Congo.
  • sylvia Reichenow, 1904 - SW Sudan, NE & E DRCongo, Kenya and C Tanzania.
  • pyrrhomitra Reichenow, 1916 - SE Sudan and Ethiopia.
  • niloticus Madarász, 1914 - Blue Nile, in C Sudan.
  • lepe Lynes, 1930 - W & N Angola, possibly extending E into SE DRCongo.
  • nyasa Lynes, 1930 - SE DRCongo and S Tanzania S to E South Africa.