Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Wailing Cisticola (Cisticola lais) - HBW 11, p. 448

French: Cisticole plaintive German: Trauerzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola Plañidero
Other common names: Lynes’s/Kedong Cisticola (distinctus)

Taxonomy: Drymoica lais Hartlaub and Finsch, 1870, Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Race distinctus sometimes treated as a separate species, but is vocally identical to other races of present species. Inclusion of populations from NE South Africa in race mashona requires further investigation; birds from Chimanimani Mts, in E Zimbabwe, probably represent a local variant of latter race, although superficially similar to oreobates. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • namba Lynes, 1931 - W Angola.
  • distinctus Lynes, 1930 - E Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • semifasciatus Reichenow, 1905 - S Tanzania, NE Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique.

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  • namba Lynes, 1931 - W Angola.
  • distinctus Lynes, 1930 - E Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • semifasciatus Reichenow, 1905 - S Tanzania, NE Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • oreobates Irwin, 1966 - Mt Gorongoza, in C Mozambique.
  • mashona Lynes, 1930 - E highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique and NE South Africa.
  • monticola Roberts, 1913 - N South Africa (Gauteng and E North West Province).
  • lais (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) - E South Africa and Lesotho.
  • maculatus Lynes, 1930 - S South Africa (S Western Cape E to Port Elizabeth).