Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Stout Cisticola (Cisticola robustus) - HBW 11, p. 451

French: Cisticole robuste German: Amharazistensänger Spanish: Cistícola Robusto

Taxonomy: Drymoica robusta Rüppell, 1845, Shoa, Ethiopia.
Sometimes treated as conspecific with C. aberdare. Affinity of Ethiopian races (nominate race and omo) unclear, may be closer to that species. Race angolensis sometimes considered a separate species on basis of vocal differences, but voice varies greatly across range. Proposed race ambiguus (C Kenya S to N Tanzania) considered inseparable from nuchalis. Racial identity of population in E PRCongo uncertain, provisionally included in latter. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • santae Bates, 1926 - highlands of SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon.
  • schraderi Neumann, 1906 - Eritrea and adjacent N Ethiopia.
  • robustus (Rüppell, 1845) - N Ethiopian plateau.

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  • santae Bates, 1926 - highlands of SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon.
  • schraderi Neumann, 1906 - Eritrea and adjacent N Ethiopia.
  • robustus (Rüppell, 1845) - N Ethiopian plateau.
  • omo Neumann & Lynes, 1928 - S Ethiopian plateau.
  • nuchalis Reichenow, 1893 - E PRCongo; E DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya S to N Tanzania.
  • awemba Lynes, 1933 - SE DRCongo, NE Zambia and SW Tanzania.
  • angolensis (Bocage, 1877) - Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia.
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