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'''Alternative name: Neddicky'''
[[Image:Piping_Cisticola.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by louisdup]]
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[[Image:Piping_Cisticola.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo &copy; by {{user|louisdup|louisdup}} <br />Port Elizabeth, [[South Africa]], June 2005]]
Location: Port Elizabeth South Africa
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;[[:Category:Cisticola|Cisticola]] fulvicapilla
 
==Identification==
 
==Identification==
AKA Neddicky
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Length 11 cm<br />
 
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Red cap and plain greyish back. Underparts are buff (northern South Africa and northwards) or grey (southern South Africa). Short brown bill, feet and legs pinkish-brown. Light brown eye.<br />
The Piping Cisticola, Cisticola fulvicapillus, is a is a small passerine bird. In South Africa it is known as the Neddicky from the Afrikaans name for the species. The Piping Cisticola is a small, vocal, dull-coloured brown bird, 11 cm in length. Its tail is not as short as that of some other cisticola species. This bird has a reddish cap and a plain back. The underparts are buff, darker in tone on the breast. The brown bill is short and straight, and the feet and legs are pinkish-brown. The eye is light brown. The sexes are similar, but juvenile birds are yellower.
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The sexes are similar, but juvenile birds are yellower.
 
 
The southern form found in the western Cape Province has grey underparts and a grey-brown back. Although cisticolas can be very similar in plumage, this greyish subspecies is therefore quite distinctive.
 
 
 
 
 
 
==Distribution==
 
==Distribution==
This cisticola is a resident breeder in much of Africa from Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania south to the Cape.
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Sub-Saharan [[Africa]] <br />
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'''Western Africa''': [[Gabon]], [[Democratic Republic of Congo]] and [[Angola]]<br />
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'''Eastern Africa''': [[Kenya]], [[Tanzania]], [[Zambia]], [[Mozambique]] and [[Malawi]]<br />
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'''Southern Africa''': [[Namibia]], [[Botswana]], [[Zimbabwe]], [[South Africa]], [[KwaZulu-Natal]], [[Lesotho]] and [[Swaziland]]
 
==Taxonomy==
 
==Taxonomy==
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====Subspecies====
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''Cisticola fulvicapilla'' has nine subspecies<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>:
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*''C. f. dispar'': Western [[Zaire]] to south-eastern [[Gabon]], central plateau of [[Angola]] and north-western [[Zambia]]
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*''C. f. hallae'': Southern [[Angola]] to south-western [[Zambia]], north-western [[Zimbabwe]], northern [[Botswana]], northern [[Namibia]]
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*''C. f. muelleri'': North-western [[Zambia]] to eastern [[Tanzania]], [[Mozambique]] and north-eastern [[Zimbabwe]]
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*''C. f. dexter'': Plateau of [[Zimbabwe]] to Transvaal and extreme eastern [[Botswana]]
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*''C. f. lebombo'': [[Mozambique]] to Transvaal, northern [[Zululand]], [[Swaziland]] and western [[Natal]]
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*''C. f. ruficapilla'': Highlands of Transvaal to western Orange Free State and north-eastern Cape Province
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*''C. f. fulvicapilla'': Interior eastern Cape Provincial to Drakensberg escarpment and western [[Lesotho]]
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*''C. f. dumicola'': Western Zululand to Natal, coastal Transkei and eastern Cape Province
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*''C. f. silberbaueri'': [[South Africa]] (winter rainfall area of south-western Cape Province)
 
==Habitat==
 
==Habitat==
The Piping Cisticola is a very common bird of open woodland, including savannah with trees and open plantations of exotic species. It avoids densely wooded habitats.
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Mixed woodland and shrubby grassland, scrub and brushwood.
 
 
 
==Behaviour==
 
==Behaviour==
The call of the Piping Cisticola is a monotonous, penetrating, repetitive weep weep weep. The alarm call is a loud clicking tictictictic, like a fingernail running across the teeth of a comb.
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====Breeding====
The Piping Cisticola builds a ball-shaped nest with a side entrance from dry grass, cobwebs and felted plant down. The nest is placed low in a thorny shrub, or in thick grass. In South Africa, this bird breeds mainly from from September to March.
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Nest is ball shaped with a side entrance, made from grass and cobwebs. Breeding is September to March.
 
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====Diet====
The Piping Cisticola It is usually seen in pairs or singly, flitting in a bush or the grass at the base of a tree as it forages for small insects.
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Diet includes small insects.
 
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==References==
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#{{Ref-Clements6thDec09}}#Avibase
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Wikipedia
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{{ref}}
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*[http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/showgallery.php?mcats=all&what=allfields&si=neddicky View more images of Piping Cisticola in the gallery]
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{{GSearch|Cisticola+fulvicapilla}}
[[Category:Birds]]
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[[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Cisticola]]

Latest revision as of 17:59, 1 June 2019

Alternative name: Neddicky

Photo © by louisdup
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, June 2005
Cisticola fulvicapilla

Identification

Length 11 cm
Red cap and plain greyish back. Underparts are buff (northern South Africa and northwards) or grey (southern South Africa). Short brown bill, feet and legs pinkish-brown. Light brown eye.
The sexes are similar, but juvenile birds are yellower.

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Swaziland

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Cisticola fulvicapilla has nine subspecies[1]:

  • C. f. dispar: Western Zaire to south-eastern Gabon, central plateau of Angola and north-western Zambia
  • C. f. hallae: Southern Angola to south-western Zambia, north-western Zimbabwe, northern Botswana, northern Namibia
  • C. f. muelleri: North-western Zambia to eastern Tanzania, Mozambique and north-eastern Zimbabwe
  • C. f. dexter: Plateau of Zimbabwe to Transvaal and extreme eastern Botswana
  • C. f. lebombo: Mozambique to Transvaal, northern Zululand, Swaziland and western Natal
  • C. f. ruficapilla: Highlands of Transvaal to western Orange Free State and north-eastern Cape Province
  • C. f. fulvicapilla: Interior eastern Cape Provincial to Drakensberg escarpment and western Lesotho
  • C. f. dumicola: Western Zululand to Natal, coastal Transkei and eastern Cape Province
  • C. f. silberbaueri: South Africa (winter rainfall area of south-western Cape Province)

Habitat

Mixed woodland and shrubby grassland, scrub and brushwood.

Behaviour

Breeding

Nest is ball shaped with a side entrance, made from grass and cobwebs. Breeding is September to March.

Diet

Diet includes small insects.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase

Wikipedia

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