Lazy Cisticolas or Rock-loving Cisticolas

The Lazy Cisticola or Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans) is endemic to the following African countries:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

They inhabit subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland. This species is usually associated with rocky wooded terrain with interspersed patchy grass tussocks.

Cisticola Information PageIndex of Cisticola SpeciesPhotos of the Different Cisticola Species for Identification
Lazy Cisticola or Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans)


It is sometimes split into two species:

  • Lazy Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans) – southern part of its range
  • Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola emini) – northern range
Lazy or Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans) feeding a juvenile Wahlberg’s Honeyguide (Prodotiscus regulus)
Lazy or Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans)
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