Wing-snapping (Ayres') Cisticola | Cisticola ayresii

Robert's Birding Information: Wing Snapping (Ayres') Cisticola

The Wing-snapping 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 Wing-snapping Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola ayresii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola ayresii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 667 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 842. You will find a picture of the Wing-snapping 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.

This bird is known as Ayres' Cisticola in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Wing-snapping Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Wing-snapping Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Kleinste Klopkloppie.

The Wing-snapping Cisticola has a height of 10 cms and weighs around 10 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola ayresii has a white coloured throat, blue 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 black.

Legs are blue.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Wing Snapping (Ayres') Cisticola Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Wing-snapping 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.

Ayres' Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Wing-snapping 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 3 eggs and they are coloured cream.

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

The Wing-snapping 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.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Wing-snapping Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.