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Zitting Cisticola

(Cisticola juncidis)
Alternate name(s): "Streaked Cisticola", "Fan-tail Cisticola",
"Streaked Grass-warbler", "Streaked Fantail Warbler"

Size: 9.5-10.5 cm
Weight: 6-8 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Zitting Cisticola at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "leanyeri"




Collage of 4 distant views of a Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage; note the whitish tips to the tail feathers characterising this species; the brown cap is typical of males (photos courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, January 2016]


Sex unknown

Dorsal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage; note the pale supercilium (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Holmes Jungle, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Race "cisticola"

Photos of Zitting Cisticolas, race "cisticola" were taken by us in Europe.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

zitcist_jp_20200310.m4a cisticola
"Zitting" calls © JP
zitcist_jp_20190608_3.m4a cisticola
"Zitting" calls
(+ Spanish Sparrow)
© JP
zitcist_jp_20190608.m4a cisticola
"Zitting" calls
(+ Spanish Sparrow)
© JP
zitcist_jp_20190608_2.m4a cisticola
"Zitting" calls Q&A
(+ Spanish Sparrow)
© JP
zitcist_jp_20190608_4.m4a cisticola
"Zitting" calls Q&A
(+ Spanish Sparrow)
© JP

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