Cloud Cisticola

The Cloud Cisticola is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Cisticola are the most common ones, but look for Cloud Cisticola in short, rocky grassland on ridges and Wing-snapping Cisticola in ankle-high grass. Spike-heeled Lark is much rarer than the ubiquitous Rufous-naped Lark. When there are bare, overgrazed or burnt areas Capped Wheatear and the occasional Temminck's Courser move in. Northern Black Korhaan and Secretarybird are the most common terrestrial birds, and watching Secretarybird for long periods often provides one of views of African Grass-Owl and Common Quail as the larger Secretarybird flushes them up. More

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Distribution of Cloud cisticola in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2. Food It mainly eats invertebrates, especially grasshoppers (Orthoptera) but also spiders, foraging in the undergrowth and bare soil. More

Fortunately not all Cloud Cisticola were living up to their name, as we spotted two perched on low bushes, admiring their streaky breasts through the scope. Before moving on we notched up a mewing Cape Longclaw, more Blue Cranes and Levaillant’s Cisticola. Outside the West Coast National Park entrance a mixed foraging flock contained Grassbird, Chestnut-vented Titbabbler, Long-billed Crombec, Bokmakierie, Cape Bunting, Bar-throated Apalis and Grey-backed Cisticola. More

The best known of the stories about the cloud cisticola is an old, apparently traditional story found widely across southern Africa. In a version recorded in the Transkei region of the eastern Cape in the early part of the twentieth century, the central drama involves a competition organised by all the birds to find a suitable leader from among their number. With the jackal acting as overall judge, each species attempts to fly as high as possible. More

cloud cisticola kruger national park birds The Cloud Cisticola (Latin name Cisticola textrix) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 666 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 840 also a picture of the Cloud Cisticola on page 912. The Cloud Cisticola belongs to the family of birds classified as Cisticolidae. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Cisticolidae
Genus : Cisticola
Species : textrix
Authority : (Vieillot, 1817)