Levaillant's Cisticola | Cisticola tinniens

Robert's Birding Information Levaillant's Cisticola

The Levaillant's 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 Levaillant's Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola tinniens) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cisticola tinniens can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 677 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 834. You will find a picture of the Levaillant's 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 Levaillant's Cisticola between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Levaillant's Cisticola is known in Afrikaans as Vleitinktinkie.

The Levaillant's Cisticola has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 12 gms. The head is coloured black, red while the bill is coloured black. The Cisticola tinniens has a white 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, red.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is black.

Levaillant's Cisticola Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

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.

Levaillant's Cisticola Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Levaillant's 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 blue.

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

The Levaillant's Cisticola is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

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 Levaillant's Cisticola is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.