Rufous-winged (Black Blacked) Cisticola | Cisticola galactotes

Robert's Birding Information: Rufouswinged Cisticola

The Rufous-winged 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 Rufous-winged Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola galactotes) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola galactotes can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 675 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 831. You will find a picture of the Rufous-winged 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 Black-backed Cisticola in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Rufous-winged Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Rufous-winged Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Swartrugtinktinkie.

The Rufous-winged Cisticola has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 13 gms. The head is coloured red, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola galactotes has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a black, 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 red, brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is black, brown.

Rufouswinged (Blackbacked) 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.

Rufous Winged (Black Backed) Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

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

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 Rufous-winged Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.