Pale-crowned Cisticola | Cisticola cinnamomeus

Robert's Birding Information: Pale Crowned Cisticola

The Pale-crowned 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 Pale-crowned Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola cinnamomeus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola cinnamomeus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 668 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 841. You will find a picture of the Pale-crowned 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 brunnescens in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Pale-crowned Cisticola has a height of 11 cms and weighs around 10 gms. The head is coloured olive while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola cinnamomeus has a brown 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 olive.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is brown.

Back is brown.

Palecrowned 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.

Pale Crowned Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

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

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Pale-crowned Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.