The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Levaillant's Cisticola

Afrikaans name: Vleitinktinkie

Levaillant's Cisticola

Levaillant's Cisticola

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Cisticola tinneins

The Levaillant's Cisticola has a fairly wide distribution in Africa south of the Sahara.It is found over most of South Africa.

This species is found in damp grasslands, marshes, on the edge of reedbeds and anywhere else that has grass or reeds near water.

Levaillant's Cisticolas are insect eating birds. They search amongst the grass for caterpillars and other insects.

They are very similar in looks to the Black-backed Cisticola which has similar habitat requirements. The Black-backed Cisticola is typically found near the coast whereas this species is found over most of the country.

These birds make their ball-shaped nest amongst the grass stalks. It is made from a combination of grass and spider web. Up to 5 eggs are laid and they take nearly 2 weeks to hatch.

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 55

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 63

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 273

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 40

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 358

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 338

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 588

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 590

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 458

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 344

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 447

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 354

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 354

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 256

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 172

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 52

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 64

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 212

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 100

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 184

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 88

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 182

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 228

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 61

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 61

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 246

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