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Old Thursday 16th May 2019, 18:53   #1
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Ethiopian cisticola

Dear all

I photographed this cisticola in the Bale Mountains last month. I presumed it was Ethiopian cisticola however the head is much more streaked than the paintings in Redman et al. but it doesn't seem to match anything else either and everything else seems to fit Ethiopian.

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Old Thursday 16th May 2019, 20:19   #2
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This looks like your bird but with so many very similar species, I certainly wouldn't be able to ID this without a recording.

http://www.birdfinders.co.uk/images/...iopia-2013.png
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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 01:36   #3
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pectoral patch cisticola
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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 06:47   #4
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I agree the plumage looks right for pectoral patch cisticiola, but the field guide describes its tail as being "very short".
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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 10:47   #5
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Looks like regular Ethiopian Cisticola to me, shape and mantle colour all wrong for Pectoral-patch.
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Why isn't it the very similar Winding?
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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 15:25   #7
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Isn't the situation that Ethiopian was considered conspecific with winding and, now it has been split, the birds in the Bale Mountains are Ethiopian and winding is limited to small, lowland areas of the border of Ethiopia?
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I was mistaken
the bird should be Ethiopian cisticola
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Why isn't it the very similar Winding?
As Steve said, it is a former subspecies and they are allopatric. Birds in Bale Mountain are all Ethiopian.
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Duly noted.
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