Luapula Cisticola | Cisticola luapula

Robert's Birding Information: Luapula Cisticola

The Luapula 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 Luapula Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola luapula) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola luapula can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 832. You will find a picture of the Luapula Cisticola on page 832.

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 Luapula Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Luapula Cisticola has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 13 gms. The head is coloured cinnamon while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola luapula has a white coloured throat, yellow legs and a grey, black 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 cinnamon.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are yellow.

Throat is white.

Back is grey, black.

Luapula 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.

Luapula Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Luapula 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 white.

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

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

The Luapula 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.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Luapula Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks.