COURSES

Zitting CisticolaAfrican Pipit

19 & 21 August

Mondays & Wednesdays Online Course

Aldo Berruti’s “Cisticolas, Pipits & Longclaws”

Course outline

Session 1: Introduction, taxonomy, cisticola characters – 19 species

You will tackle this group in one intensive session, building a step by step understanding of the interlocking clues of visual characters, vocalisations, distributions, and habitat. It will provide you with means to cut through overwhelming detail to concentrate on the essence of each species. This will instil confidence in your abilities and allow you to identify most of the individual cisticolas that you come across. You will even go searching for cisticolas.

 

There are 19 species of cisticolas in southern Africa. We use GISS (JIZZ) to distinguish the sub-groups of pipits and then work though the individual species in comparative presentations.

Session 2: Introduction, taxonomy, pipit characters – 13 pipits and 3 longclaws.

The pipits are very challenging. This course deals with all the southern African pipits and longclaws. We begin with the easier longclaws, and transition through the Yellow-breasted and Golden Pipits to the core of eleven potentially tricky pipits. We use GISS (JIZZ) to distinguish the sub-groups of pipits and then work though the individual species in comparative presentations.

 

Pipits and Longclaws with Aldo uses the protocols and techniques established in other Birding with Aldo courses including GISS, Top Bottom and Middle. We use polls, annotation, chat room and discussion in comparative and repetitive presentations to embed species characters.

Course calendar:

Lecture 1: Monday, 19 August at 19:00

Lecture 2: Wednesday, 21 August at 19:00

Book:

witsbc234@gmail.com

Time:

18h45 for 19h00

Cost:

R275 members, R375 for families, R325 non-Wits Bird Club members, R450 non-Wits Bird Club member families.

Facilitator:

Aldo Berruti