Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Wing-snapping Cisticola (Cisticola ayresii) - HBW 11, p. 464

French: Cisticole gratte-nuage German: Zwergzistensänger Spanish: Cistícola de Ayres
Other common names: Ayres’s (Cloud) Cisticola

Taxonomy: Cisticola ayresii Hartlaub, 1863, Natal, South Africa.
Taxonomic status of race gabun subject to some confusion; recent observations of singing birds indicate that it may instead be a form of C. brunnescens; further study required. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gabun Lynes, 1931 - W Gabon, E PRCongo and extreme W DRCongo.
  • imatong Cave, 1938 - extreme S Sudan and NE Uganda.
  • entebbe Lynes, 1930 - NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.

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  • gabun Lynes, 1931 - W Gabon, E PRCongo and extreme W DRCongo.
  • imatong Cave, 1938 - extreme S Sudan and NE Uganda.
  • entebbe Lynes, 1930 - NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • itombwensis Prigogine, 1957 - E DRCongo.
  • mauensis van Someren, 1922 - highlands of Kenya and adjacent N Tanzania.
  • ayresii Hartlaub, 1863 - Angola, S DRCongo, extreme NW & NE Zambia, S Tanzania, N Malawi, Zimbabwe, E South Africa and Lesotho.
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