Desert Cisticola | Cisticola aridulus

Robert's Birding Information: Desert Cisticola

The Desert 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 Desert Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola aridulus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola aridulus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 665 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 839. You will find a picture of the Desert Cisticola on page 912.

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. The Latin name for this bird is Cisticola aridula in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Desert Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Woestynklopkloppie.

The Desert Cisticola has a height of 12 cms and weighs around 9 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola aridulus has a white, grey coloured throat, purple legs and a black 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 black.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are purple.

Throat is white, grey.

Back is black.

Desert Cisticola Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

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

Desert Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Desert 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 blue.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

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

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

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