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[[Image:Piping_Cisticola.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by louisdup <br/> Location:  Port Elizabeth South Africa]]
Location:  Port Elizabeth South Africa
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==Identification==
 
==Identification==
 
AKA Neddicky
 
AKA Neddicky
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11 cm. Red cap and plain back. Buff underparts, darker in tone on the breast. Short brown bill, feet and legs pinkish-brown. Light brown eye. The sexes are similar, but juvenile birds are yellower.
  
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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==Distribution==
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[[Africa]]
  
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==
 
This cisticola is a resident breeder in much of Africa from Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania south to the Cape.
 
 
==Taxonomy==
 
==Taxonomy==
 
==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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Open woodland, including savanna
  
 
==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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Nest is ball shaped with a side entrance, made from grass and cobwebs. Breeding is September to March.
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.
 
  
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.
  
 
==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]
 
*[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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Revision as of 15:27, 1 October 2007

Cisticola fulvicapilla
Photo by louisdup
Location: Port Elizabeth South Africa

Identification

AKA Neddicky 11 cm. Red cap and plain back. Buff underparts, darker in tone on the breast. Short brown bill, feet and legs pinkish-brown. Light brown eye. The sexes are similar, but juvenile birds are yellower.

Distribution

Africa

Taxonomy

Habitat

Open woodland, including savanna

Behaviour

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

Diet includes small insects.

External Links

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