Grey-backed Cisticola

Cisticola subruficapilla (near-endemic)

This cisticola has greyish underparts, a greyish back and a rufous crown, tail and wing panel. Its grey back and longish tail, and fynbos and karoo scrub habitat, make it fairly easy to distinguish from any similar looking family members.

We first recorded this cisticola in November 2010 while investigating the West Coast National Park in the Western Cape. We had great sightings of this bird while walking from the Geelbeck restaurant to the salt marshes.


Grey-backed Cisticola / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Grey-backed Cisticola / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 23 May 2015 Grey-backed Cisticola / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Grey-backed Cisticola / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Grey-backed Cisticola / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Grey-backed Cisticola / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Grey-backed Cisticola / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 23 May 2015 Grey-backed Cisticola / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Grey-backed Cisticola (subruficapilla) / Agulhas Plains, Western Cape, South Africa / 29 December 2014 Grey-backed Cisticola / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 23 May 2015 Grey-backed Cisticola (subruficapilla) / Agulhas Plains, Western Cape, South Africa / 29 December 2014 Grey-backed Cisticola (Subruficapilla) / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 20 November 2010 Grey-backed Cisticola / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 16 February 2013 Grey-backed Cisticola (subruficapilla) / Agulhas Plains, Western Cape, South Africa / 29 December 2014 Grey-backed Cisticola (karasensis) / Zebra River Lodge, Southern Namibia / 06 July 2012 Grey-backed Cisticola (Subruficapilla) / Rooi Els, South Africa / 11 March 2011 Grey-backed Cisticola (Karasensis) / Klein Aus Vista, Southern Namibia / 04 July 2012
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