Neddicky | Cisticola fulvicapilla

Robert's Birding Information: Neddicky

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

The description for the Neddicky (Latin name Cisticola fulvicapilla) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola fulvicapilla can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 681 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 836. You will find a picture of the Neddicky 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.

The Neddicky is known in Afrikaans as Neddikkie.

The Neddicky has a height of 10 cms and weighs around 9 gms. The head is coloured chestnut while the bill is coloured pink, black. The Cisticola fulvicapilla has a chestnut 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 chestnut.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is pink, black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is chestnut.

Back is brown.

Neddicky Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Neddicky 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.

The Cisticola fulvicapilla forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Neddicky Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Neddicky 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 pink.

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 Neddicky 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 found in the African bushveld.

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

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Neddicky is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.