The winding cisticola (Cisticola galactotes) is a species of bird in the Cisticolidae family. It has a scattered distribution across Africa south of the Sahara.
Alternate common names are rufous-winged cisticola and greater black-backed cisticola.
The winding cisticola has numerous subspecies which are sometimes grouped into five separate species:
- Rufous-winged cisticola (C. galactotes): south-east Africa
- Winding cisticola (C. marginatus): fairly widespread across west, central and east Africa
- Coastal cisticola (C. haematocephalus) : Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia
- Ethiopian cisticola (C. lugubris): Ethiopia and Eritrea
- Luapula cisticola (C. luapula): south-central Africa
Distribution and habitat
It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and swamps.
- Sinclair, Ian & Peter Ryan (2003) Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, Struik, Cape Town.