Sunday Inspiration – Cisticolas and Singing

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) by Ian

Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) by Ian

The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove (Cisticola?) Is heard in our land. (Song of Solomon 2:12 NKJV)

The Cisticolidae – Cisticolas and Allies family has 158 species currently. They are  warblers found mainly in warmer southern regions of the Old World. They are often included within the Old World warbler family Sylviidae. Among the Cisticolida, besides the Cisticola, there are; Jery, Prinia, Warblers, a Longtail, Apalis, Camaroptera, Wren-Warblers, Tailorbirds, Forest Warblers, and Eremomelas.

This family probably originated in Africa, which has the majority of species, but there are representatives of the family across tropical Asia into Australasia, and one species, the zitting cisticola, even breeds in Europe.

Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) by Nikhil Devasar

These are generally very small birds of drab brown or grey appearance found in open country such as grassland or scrub. They are often difficult to see and many species are similar in appearance, so the song is often the best identification guide.

By them the birds of the heavens have their home; They sing among the branches. (Psalms 104:12 NKJV)

These are insectivorous birds which nest low in vegetation.

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Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. (Psalms 100:2 NKJV)

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” ~  by the Trio + 1 (Pastor Jerry, Reagan Osborne, Caleb & Jessie Padgett) Faith Baptist


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