Grey-backed Cisticola | Cisticola subruficapilla

Robert's Birding Information: Greybacked Cisticola

The Grey-backed 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 Grey-backed Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola subruficapilla) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola subruficapilla can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 669 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 829. You will find a picture of the Grey-backed 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 Grey-backed Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Grysrugtinktinkie.

The Grey-backed Cisticola is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Cisticola subruficapilla can be found in other parts of the world.

The Grey-backed Cisticola has a height of 11 cms and weighs around 13 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured grey. The Cisticola subruficapilla has a white 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 brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is grey.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Greybacked 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.

Grey Backed Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

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

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Grey-backed Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.