Cloud Cisticola | Cisticola textrix

Robert's Birding Information: Cloud Cisticola

The Cloud 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 Cloud Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola textrix) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola textrix can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 666 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 840. You will find a picture of the Cloud 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 Cloud Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Cloud Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Gevlekte Klopkloppie.

The Cloud Cisticola has a height of 10 cms and weighs around 9 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola textrix has a grey coloured throat, pink legs and a 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 black.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is grey.

Back is black.

Cloud Cisticola Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

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

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

Cloud Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Cloud 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 pink.

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 Cloud 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.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

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