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  Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)





Zitting Cisticola | Cisticola juncidis photo
Zitting Cisticola in breeding plumage, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

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Zitting Cisticola | Cisticola juncidis photo
Zitting Cisticola in non-breeding plumage, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

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ZITTING CISTICOLA FACTS

Description
The Zitting Cisticola is a small warbler. It is brown above streaked with black, with rufous red rump. The head has a streaked cap and neck has no streaking. The underside is a pale buff colour. The tail is brown with a white tip. It is similar to the Golden-headed Cisticola but paler below and does not have an orange head in breeding season.

Size
10 cm

Habitat
grassland

Food
insects, seeds

Breeding
The nest is a cup shape made of grass, leaves and cobwebs with a roof made of leaves or grass. The female lays 3 to 6 eggs.

Range
The Zitting Cisticola is found in eastern Queensland, northern Queensland, northern parts of the Northern Territory and on Torres trait islands. It is found in many other parts of the world in Europe, Asia and Africa.

distribution map showing range of Cisticola juncidis 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:juncidis
Common Name:Zitting Cisticola

Relatives in same Genus
  Golden-headed Cisticola (C. exilis)