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rattling cisticola

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Rattling cisticolas (Cisticola chiniana) tend to stay in pairs and small family groups especially after breeding. Acacia savannah, bush in open grassland and gardens are their main habitats.

Distribution: Central and northern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Ruacana Falls and Kaudom Park. Prevalent in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Eats insects that lurk low down in bushes or grass such as beetles, weevils, grasshoppers and crickets, ants, snails and termites. The nectar of mountain aloe and spotted aloe are taken.

Description: Greyish-brown upperparts. Forehead, ear, nape and ear coverts buffy brown. Tail rusty brown and underparts buff coloured. So called because of the highly vocal, year-round repetitive, high-pitched notes. Often confused with the tinkling cisticola which has a brighter rufous tail and a larger spread of red colouring on the head.

Breeding: An oval or ball-shaped nest, made of dry grass is bound by spider web. Between 2 and 5 eggs are laid from October to April and incubated for 14 days by the female.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 15g.

Fish River Horse Riding

6 Days - A horse riding trail along the famous Fish River Canyon

Desert Horse Ride

6 Days - Riding through the beautiful environment of the Namib Desert around Aus. Includes a visiting the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

Horse Riding | Windhoek

A wide variety of horse riding options including: Champagne Breakfast Rides, Sundowner Rides, Rides by the hour & even multiple day outings

Lodges offering riding

Bullsport Guest Farm - Naukluft Riding Experience

Bullsport is one of the premier lodges for both hiking and riding in Namibia. Both take place in the rugged, and scenic Naukluft Mountains. A variety of rides, from a few hours to several days, and expert supervision means the rides here are suitable for everyone from novice to experienced riders.

Desert Homestead Horse Trails

 Offers a wide range of guided riding within the Naukluft Mountains. With sunrise or sunset rides of one to two hours, or horse-trails for up to five nights, it is suitable for all experience levels.

Etusis Lodge - riding courses

Offers horse riding courses for beginners or experienced riders who want to brush up on their skills as well as day rides on the property

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

A two hour guided horse back safari leads along a dry river with the opportunity to view game species sheltering or feeding in the bush

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Riding lessons, short out-rides and longer trails are all on offer here

Namibia Tours