Tinkling Cisticola | Cisticola rufilatus

Robert's Birding Information: Tinkling Cisticola

The Tinkling Cisticola is a South African bird that belongs to the Cisticolidae bird family group which includes birds such as African Warblers.

The description for the Tinkling Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola rufilatus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola rufilatus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 671 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 828. You will find a picture of the Tinkling 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. The Latin name for this bird is Cisticola rufilata in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Tinkling Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Rooitinktinkie.

The Tinkling Cisticola has a height of 13 cms and weighs around 14 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola rufilatus has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a red coloured back. The eyes are hazel.

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 hazel.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is red.

Tinkling Cisticola Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

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

The Cisticola rufilatus attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten.

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.

Tinkling Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Tinkling 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 green.

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

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