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Lazy Cisticola

Cisticola aberrans

The Lazy Cisticola, known scientifically as Cisticola aberrans, is a small passerine bird belonging to the family Cisticolidae. This avian species exhibits a modest plumage that blends seamlessly with its natural habitat.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Lazy Cisticola, look for a bird with a relatively nondescript appearance, which may include subtle color variations that provide camouflage within its environment. Its size and shape are typical of the cisticolas, a group known for their elusive nature.


The Lazy Cisticola favors subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland ecosystems. It thrives in rocky wooded areas interspersed with patchy grass tussocks, often found at the base of hills or within adjacent riparian vegetation.


This species boasts a widespread presence throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with sightings confirmed in nations such as Angola, Benin, Botswana, and many others, reaching as far south as South Africa and as far north as Sudan.


The Lazy Cisticola is known for its association with rocky terrains and its preference for staying close to the ground, where it can easily blend into the landscape. Its behavior may vary slightly depending on its specific location within the vast range it inhabits.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes the Lazy Cisticola as Least Concern, indicating that, currently, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers that would warrant a higher level of concern.

Similar Species

In some regions, the Lazy Cisticola is considered to be closely related to the Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola emini), with some experts suggesting they may represent two distinct species. The Rock-loving Cisticola is typically found further north in the species' range.

Lazy Cisticola Sounds

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