Red-faced Cisticola | Cisticola erythrops

Robert's Birding Information: Redfaced Cisticola

The Red-faced 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 Red-faced Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola erythrops) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola erythrops can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 674 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 824. You will find a picture of the Red-faced 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 Red-faced Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Red-faced Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Rooiwangtinktinkie.

The Red-faced Cisticola has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 15 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola erythrops has a grey coloured throat, pink legs and a red, olive 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 red.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is grey.

Back is red, olive.

Redfaced 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.

The bird also drinks nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy.

Red Faced Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Red-faced 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 4 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 Red-faced Cisticola is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Red-faced Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.