Lazy Cisticola | Cisticola aberrans

Robert's Birding Information: Lazy Cisticola

The Lazy Cisticola is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cisticolidae bird family group which includes birds such as African Warblers.

The description for the Lazy Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola aberrans) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola aberrans can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 679 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 826. You will find a picture of the Lazy Cisticola on page 865.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Lazy Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Lazy Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Luitinktinkie.

The Lazy Cisticola has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 14 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured red. The Cisticola aberrans has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is red.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Lazy Cisticola Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Lazy Cisticola is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Lazy Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Lazy Cisticola is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 5 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The Lazy Cisticola is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The Lazy Cisticola is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Lazy Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks.