Wailing cisticola

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Wailing cisticola
Cisticola lais -Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa-8.jpg
In KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Genus: Cisticola
Species: C. lais
Binomial name
Cisticola lais
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870)

The wailing cisticola (Cisticola lais) is a species of bird in the Cisticolidae family. It is found in Angola, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland.

The northern subspecies C. l. distinctus of Uganda, Kenya and northern Tanzania is sometimes regarded as a separate species, Lynes's cisticola. The common name of this subspecies commemorates the amateur ornithologist Rear Admiral Hubert Lynes.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Cisticola lais". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. p. 214. 

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