Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Rufous-winged Cisticola (Cisticola galactotes) - HBW 11, p. 449

French: Cisticole roussâtre German: Temminckzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola Alirrojo

Taxonomy: Malurus galactotes Temminck, 1821, probably near Durban, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with C. luapula, C. marginatus, C. lugubris and C. haematocephala; all often treated as conspecific, but separated on basis of vocal and plumage differences; further research, using genetic markers, is required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • isodactylus W. K. H. Peters, 1868 - S & E Malawi, Mozambique and extreme SE Zimbabwe.
  • galactotes (Temminck, 1821) - S Mozambique and E coast of South Africa.

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