Winding cisticola

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Winding cisticola
Cisticola marginatus amphilectus, Kuito, Birding Weto, a.jpg
Cisticola marginatus amphilectus in Angola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Genus: Cisticola
Species: C. marginatus
Binomial name
Cisticola marginatus
(Heuglin, 1869)

The winding cisticola (Cisticola marginatus) is a species of bird in the family Cisticolidae. It has a scattered distribution across Africa south of the Sahara, and north of 11°S.


The winding cisticola has several subspecies:[2][3][4]

  • C. m. amphilectus Reichenow, 1875 Mauritania and Senegal to Ghana, south-western Cameroon and north-western Angola
  • C. m. zalingei Lynes, 1930 northern Nigeria to western Sudan
  • C. m. marginatus (Heuglin, 1869) southern Sudan and northern Uganda
  • C. m. nyansae Neumann, 1905 central DRCongo to Uganda and Kenya
  • C. m. suahelicus Neumann, 1905 south-eastern DRCongo, Tanzania and north-eastern Zambia

The Clements list (2017) and the Howard and Moore list (2014) lump the rufous-winged cisticola, Luapula cisticola, coastal cisticola and Ethiopian cisticola with the above subspecies as the winding cisticola Cisticola galactotes (sensu lato).[4] The Clements list (2017) recognizes 11 subspecies.[5]


Its natural habitats are tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and swamps.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Cisticola galactotes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gill, F.; Donsker, D. (2017). "IOC World Bird List (v 7.3)". doi:10.14344/IOC.ML.7.3. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Peter (2017). "Winding Cisticola (Cisticola marginatus)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Cisticola marginatus". Avibase. 
  5. ^ "Clements Checklist". Retrieved 21 August 2017. 

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