Croaking Cisticola | Cisticola natalensis

Robert's Birding Information: Croaking Cisticola

The Croaking 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 Croaking Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola natalensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola natalensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 678 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 835. You will find a picture of the Croaking 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. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Croaking Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Croaking Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Groottinktinkie.

The Croaking Cisticola has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 25 gms. The head is coloured black, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola natalensis has a grey 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 black, brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is grey.

Back is black, brown.

Croaking Cisticola Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Croaking Cisticola is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Croaking Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Croaking 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 green.

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.

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 Croaking Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.