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  Rattling Cisticola

 

Cisticola chiniana

(672) 15 cm; 16 g

SEXES  Alike, M >F. Robust, with few distinguishing features other than mottled greyish-brown back; call and habitat, however, distinctive.

BR  Crown russet, underparts greyish brown, and flanks with greyish wash.

NON-BR  Crown more reddish, and underparts darker buff. Crown less rufous than Tinkling Cisticola.

JUV  Similar to ad, variable and paler.

STATUS  Very com­mon resident, especially in bushveld.

HABITAT  Acacia savanna, woodland and old cultivated lands.

FOOD  Insectivorous.

CALL  One of the most characteristic sounds of the bushveld: chi chi chi CHI R R R R R R.

BR  Monogamous. Ball nest, with side entrance, built of dry grass and concealed low down in thick grass or shrub cover. Parasitised by Brown-backed Honeybird and Diderick Cuckoo.

 

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Csr001

Disaneng, Maun

IDd after considerable debate

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Csr002

Disaneng, Maun

IDd after considerable debate

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Csr003

Disaneng, Maun

IDd after considerable debate

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Csr004

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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