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  Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)





Golden-headed Cisticola | Cisticola exilis photo
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) Lake Samsonvale, SE Queensland, Australia

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Golden-headed Cisticola | Cisticola exilis photo
Cisticola exilis ssp Cisticola exilis lineocapilla Northern Territory, Australia

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Golden-headed Cisticola is a small warbler. It is brown above with darker streaks and paler buff brown on under parts. The male has orange brown head during the breeding season with short crest. There is a pale neck collar. The underside of the tail is grey with pale tips in breeding adults. It is similar to the Zitting Cisticola which is paler below and does not have orange head in breeding season.

Size
10 cm

Habitat
found in low dense vegetation on wetlands, swamps, wet grasslands, river edges, farmland.

Food
insects, seeds

Breeding
The nest is round with a side entrance near the top, and made from grass and leaves bound with spider web and lined with plant down. The female lays three or four eggs

Range
northern parts of Western Australia, northern parts of Northern Territory, north and east Queensland, eastern New South Wales, victoria and south east South Australia

distribution map showing range of Cisticola exilis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sylviidae
Genus:Cisticola
Species:exilis
Common Name:Golden-headed Cisticola

Relatives in same Genus
  Zitting Cisticola (C. juncidis)