Cisticola erythrops (Red-faced
Rooiwangtinktinkie [Afrikaans]; Harudeve (generic term for
cisticola or prinia) [Kwangali]; Timba (generic name for cisticolas and
warblers) [Shona]; Roodmasker-graszanger [Dutch]; Cisticole à face rousse
[French]; Rotgesicht-zistensänger [German]; Fuinha-de-faces-vermelhas
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Order: Passeriformes > Family: Cisticolidae
> Genus: Cisticola
Distribution and habitat
Occurs patchily across sub-Saharan Africa, in West Africa
and from Ethiopia through southern DRC and Zambia to southern Africa. Here it
locally common, preferring tall, moist grassland in marshes, along watercourses
and reedbeds; it may also occupy dense vegetation on dry slopes.
Distribution of Red-faced cisticola in southern Africa,
based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas
Animal Demography unit, University of
Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range
from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).
See here for the latest distribution
from the SABAP2.
It eats a variety of insects, doing most of its foraging
low down in the undergrowth. The following food items have been recorded
in its diet:
- The nest (see image below) is oval-shaped with a side entrance, built of
leaves and dry grass secured with spider web, with an outer shell of living
leaves. A soft plant down lining is added by the female during incubation.
It is typically incorporated into the foliage of a herb, shrub, forb or
small tree, usually less than half a metre above ground.
- Egg-laying season is from October-March, peaking from about
- It lays 2-4 eggs, which are incubated mainly by the female for about
- At first the chicks are brooded by the female, while the male regularly
brings her and her young food. They usually stay in the nest for about 14-16
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.