- Cisticola erythrops
Includes Lepe Cisticola
Length 14 cm, mass 15 g. Upperparts light olive grey, with a rusty buff forecrown and an indistinct pale eyebrow. The face is light rufous.
In summer, creamy white below, and buff on the breast.
In winter, the breast and throat are tawny. The eyes are brown, the bill dark horn and the legs and feet pinkish.
Most easily identified by the loud weet-weet-weet call-notes from its song.
Sub-Saharan Africa; distribution patchy.
Six subspecies recognized:
- C. e. erythrops from Senegal and Gambia east to Central African Republic
- C. e. sylvia from northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and southwestern South Sudan to Kenya and central Tanzania
- C. e. nyasa from extreme southeast DR Congo to southern Tanzania, northern Botswana and Natal (South Africa)
- C. e. lepe in Angola (formerly treated as full species Lepe or Angola Cisticola)
- C. e. pyrrhomitra in southeastern South Sudan and Ethiopia
- C. e. niloticus in southeastern Sudan (upper Blue Nile) and adjacent western Ethiopia
Tall, rank vegetation (reedbeds, tall grass and weedy areas) in or near wetlands, and along streams and rivers.
Found singly, or in pairs or small groups; very vocal.
Forages in the undergrowth for insects and other invertebrates.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 0620340533
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Red-faced Cisticola. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 15 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Red-faced_Cisticola