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Revision as of 17:46, 9 January 2009 by AlanManson-37216 (talk | contribs) (Identification)

Alternative name: Neddicky

Photo by louisdup
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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

Taxonomy

Cisticola fulvicapilla has nine subspecies.

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.

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