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Tinkling cisticola

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Tinkling cisticolas (Cisticola rufilatus) are a shy, quiet and elusive species. There main habitat is on the Kalahari sands and open grassland, scattered with bushes and trees. Wooded areas associated with Zambezi teak, Terminalia and miombo are also favoured.

Distribution: Central, north and north-eastern Namibia including Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau, Caprivi Strip and the Kavango Region.

Diet: Eats insects.

Description: Named because of their regularly spaced and distinctive high tinkling notes and high-pitched alarm call. Often confused with the larger rattling cisticola which has a brown (not rufous) tail and a duller crown.

Breeding: Between 2 to 4 eggs are laid in an oval or ball-shaped nest made of grass leaves and lined with plant down and bound with spider web.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 14g

Ai-Aiba Lodge

Nestled in a conservation area in the majestic Erongo Mountains this property contains a wide selection of rock art. Activities here center around rock art and various guided walking trails serve as a good introduction to Namibian rock art

Epako Game Farm

A luxury lodge offering top notch rooms & facilities. Guided game drives and bush walks allow guests to thoroughly explore the area.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

One of our favourite lodges in Namibia - excellent accommodation, food and guided walks in beautiful surroundings make for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Etusis Lodge

A variety of activities are on offer at this lodge near Karibib. Accommodation ranges from camping and self-catering options to private bungalows

Hohenstein Lodge

Situated at the foot of the Hohenstein mountain, this lodge offers many hiking and climbing opportunities. It is also well situated to visit the Spitzkoppe Mountain

Kashana Lodge

A charming lodge in the town of Omaruru. With all the facilities you may require including a popular restaurant & bar

Klein Eden Guest Farm

Around 30km east of Omaruru this pretty little guest farms offers self catering units in a tranquil and pleasant environment

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