(672) 15 cm; 16 g
Alike, M >F. Robust, with few distinguishing features other than
mottled greyish-brown back; call and habitat, however, distinctive.
Crown russet, underparts greyish brown, and flanks with greyish
Crown more reddish, and underparts darker buff. Crown less rufous
than Tinkling Cisticola.
Similar to ad, variable and paler.
Very common resident, especially in bushveld.
Acacia savanna, woodland and old cultivated lands.
One of the most characteristic sounds of the bushveld: chi chi chi
CHI R R R R R R.
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.
Click for call