|Courting male pectoral-patch cisticola, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia|
The pectoral-patch cisticola (Cisticola brunnescens) is a species of bird in the Cisticolidae family. It is found in Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania. Its natural habitats are damp or wet areas in upland grassland.
At 9–10 cm. this is a small, streak backed cisticola with short or medium tail which may get longer in the breeding season. It differs from the pale-crowned cisticola in having a pale rufous (not buff) crown and forehead in the breeding season. The pectoral patches become darker in the breeding season, but even then they may not be easy to see.
The voice is stonechat-like in quality with harsh 'tssk tssk' or 'szisk szisk' notes given in display flight.
- Sinclair, Ian; Ryan, Peter (2003). Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Cape Town: Struik.
- Stevenson, Terry; Fanshaw, John (2002). A Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa.
- Pectoral-patch cisticola - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds.
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