Aberdare cisticola

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Aberdare cisticola
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Genus: Cisticola
Species: C. aberdare
Binomial name
Cisticola aberdare
Lynes, 1930

The Aberdare cisticola (Cisticola aberdare) is a species of bird in the Cisticolidae family. It is endemic to Kenya.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2]

Description

The Aberdare cisticola is 12-15 centimeters (5-6 inches) in length, and weighs 18-24 grams (0.6-0.8 ounces). It is a large and stocky cisticola with a heavy bill, plain face, boldly striped underparts, and a medium-long graduated tail.[2][3] Its voice is a mixture of peeuu tew tew and other short trills.[2]

Diet

It feeds on beetles and flies, foraging for them by searching through vegetation and on the ground.[3]

Behavior

The Aberdene cisticola is believed to be monogamous, solitary, and territorial. It breeds from January through May and August through November, building a nest out of a flimsy ball of branches and leaves.[3]

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Cisticola aberdare". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Cisticola aberdare (Aberdare Cisticola)". www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. ^ a b c "Aberdare Cisticola (Cisticola aberdare)". www.hbw.com. Retrieved 2018-02-21.


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