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Zitting Cisticola

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

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

Similar species

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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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cisticola"

ADULT

BREEDING

MALE

Frontal view of a male Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage; note the dark crown and the black bill
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-frontal view of a male Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage carrying nesting material (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita do Ribatejo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a male Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage; note the black bill and the dark crown (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, April 2019]

Lateral view of a male Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage carrying nesting material (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita do Ribatejo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, July 2019]

Near-frontal view of a female Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2019]

Lateral view of a female Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage; note the pale bill and the prominent streaking on the crown
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2014]

Lateral view of a female Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a female Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

NON-BREEDING

Sex unknown

Full-frontal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Landeiras, Setubal, Portugal, December 2016]

Frontal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2014]

Frontal view of a preening Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage, exposing the black bases of its feathers
(photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Landeiras, Setubal, Portugal, December 2016]

Frontal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, November 2015]

Near-frontal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, October 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Landeiras, Setubal, Portugal, December 2016]

Near-frontal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, August 2014]

Close-up lateral view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Lateral view of a Zitting Cisticola moulting into non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, August 2015]

Lateral/ventral view of a Zitting Cisticola (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2017]

Lateral/ventral view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Santa Justa, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, October 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Minutos Dam, near Montemor o Novo, Evora, Portugal, December 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral/ventral view of a juvenile Zitting Cisticola (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a juvenile Zitting Cisticola (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, August 2019]

Lateral view of a juvenile(?) Zitting Cisticola (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2017]

Race "leanyeri"

Photos of Zitting Cisticolas, race "leanyeri" were taken by us in Australia.

Food, Diet

Frontal view of a Zitting Cisticola with its prey, a caterpillar (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2014]

Call(s)/Song

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

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