Cisticolidae – Cisticolas and allies

Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) by Nikhil

Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) by Nikhil

And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:30 ESV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Cisticolidae – Cisticolas and allies


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Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (160)

Common Jery (Neomixis tenella)
Green Jery (Neomixis viridis)
Stripe-throated Jery (Neomixis striatigula)
Red-faced Cisticola (Cisticola erythrops)
Singing Cisticola (Cisticola cantans)
Whistling Cisticola (Cisticola lateralis)
Trilling Cisticola (Cisticola woosnami)
Chattering Cisticola (Cisticola anonymus)
Bubbling Cisticola (Cisticola bulliens)
Chubb’s Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi)
Hunter’s Cisticola (Cisticola hunteri)
Black-lored Cisticola (Cisticola nigriloris)
Lazy Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans)
Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola emini)
Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chiniana)
Boran Cisticola (Cisticola bodessa)
Churring Cisticola (Cisticola njombe)
Ashy Cisticola (Cisticola cinereolus)
Tana River Cisticola (Cisticola restrictus)
Tinkling Cisticola (Cisticola rufilatus)
Grey-backed Cisticola (Cisticola subruficapilla)
Wailing Cisticola (Cisticola lais)
Lynes’s Cisticola (Cisticola distinctus)
Rufous-winged Cisticola (Cisticola galactotes)
Winding Cisticola (Cisticola marginatus)
Coastal Cisticola (Cisticola haematocephalus)
Ethiopian Cisticola (Cisticola lugubris)
Luapula Cisticola (Cisticola luapula)
Chirping Cisticola (Cisticola pipiens)
Carruthers’s Cisticola (Cisticola carruthersi)
Levaillant’s Cisticola (Cisticola tinniens)
Stout Cisticola (Cisticola robustus)
Aberdare Cisticola (Cisticola aberdare)
Croaking Cisticola (Cisticola natalensis)
Red-pate Cisticola (Cisticola ruficeps)
Dorst’s Cisticola (Cisticola guinea)
Tiny Cisticola (Cisticola nana)
Short-winged Cisticola (Cisticola brachypterus)
Rufous Cisticola (Cisticola rufus)
Foxy Cisticola (Cisticola troglodytes)
Neddicky (Cisticola fulvicapilla)
Long-tailed Cisticola (Cisticola angusticauda)
Black-tailed Cisticola (Cisticola melanurus)
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
Socotra Cisticola (Cisticola haesitatus)
Madagascan Cisticola (Cisticola cherina)
Desert Cisticola (Cisticola aridulus)
Cloud Cisticola (Cisticola textrix)
Black-backed Cisticola (Cisticola eximius)
Dambo Cisticola (Cisticola dambo)
Pectoral-patch Cisticola (Cisticola brunnescens)
Pale-crowned Cisticola (Cisticola cinnamomeus)
Wing-snapping Cisticola (Cisticola ayresii)
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Socotra Warbler (Incana incana)
Striated Prinia (Prinia crinigera)
Brown Prinia (Prinia polychroa)
Black-throated Prinia (Prinia atrogularis)
Hill Prinia (Prinia superciliaris)
Grey-crowned Prinia (Prinia cinereocapilla)
Rufous-fronted Prinia (Prinia buchanani)
Rufescent Prinia (Prinia rufescens)
Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii)
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)
Jungle Prinia (Prinia sylvatica)
Bar-winged Prinia (Prinia familiaris)
Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris)
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis)
Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Pale Prinia (Prinia somalica)
River Prinia (Prinia fluviatilis)
Black-chested Prinia (Prinia flavicans)
Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa)
Drakensberg Prinia (Prinia hypoxantha)
Sao Tome Prinia (Prinia molleri)
Banded Prinia (Prinia bairdii)
Black-faced Prinia (Prinia melanops)
White-chinned Prinia (Schistolais leucopogon)
Sierra Leone Prinia (Schistolais leontica)
Namaqua Warbler (Phragmacia substriata)
Roberts’s Warbler (Oreophilais robertsi)
Red-winged Warbler (Heliolais erythropterus)
Visayan Miniature Babbler (Micromacronus leytensis)
Mindanao Miniature Babbler (Micromacronus sordidus)
Green Longtail (Urolais epichlorus)
Black-collared Apalis (Oreolais pulcher)
Ruwenzori Apalis (Oreolais ruwenzorii)
Red-winged Grey Warbler (Drymocichla incana)
Cricket Warbler (Spiloptila clamans)
Buff-bellied Warbler (Phyllolais pulchella)
Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica)
Yellow-throated Apalis (Apalis flavigularis)
Taita Apalis (Apalis fuscigularis)
Namuli Apalis (Apalis lynesi)
Rudd’s Apalis (Apalis ruddi)
Yellow-breasted Apalis (Apalis flavida)
Lowland Masked Apalis (Apalis binotata)
Mountain Masked Apalis (Apalis personata)
Black-throated Apalis (Apalis jacksoni)
White-winged Apalis (Apalis chariessa)
Black-capped Apalis (Apalis nigriceps)
Black-headed Apalis (Apalis melanocephala)
Chirinda Apalis (Apalis chirindensis)
Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema)
Kabobo Apalis (Apalis kaboboensis)
Chapin’s Apalis (Apalis chapini)
Sharpe’s Apalis (Apalis sharpii)
Buff-throated Apalis (Apalis rufogularis)
Kungwe Apalis (Apalis argentea)
Karamoja Apalis (Apalis karamojae)
Bamenda Apalis (Apalis bamendae)
Gosling’s Apalis (Apalis goslingi)
Grey Apalis (Apalis cinerea)
Brown-headed Apalis (Apalis alticola)
Red-fronted Warbler (Urorhipis rufifrons)
Rufous-eared Warbler (Malcorus pectoralis)
Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps)
Grey-capped Warbler (Eminia lepida)
Green-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brachyura)
Grey-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brevicaudata)
Hartert’s Camaroptera (Camaroptera harterti)
Yellow-browed Camaroptera (Camaroptera superciliaris)
Olive-green Camaroptera (Camaroptera chloronota)
Grey Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes simplex)
Miombo Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes undosus)
Stierling’s Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes stierlingi)
Barred Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes fasciolatus)
Cinnamon-breasted Warbler (Euryptila subcinnamomea)
Black-headed Rufous Warbler (Bathmocercus cerviniventris)
Black-faced Rufous Warbler (Bathmocercus rufus)
Winifred’s Warbler (Scepomycter winifredae)
Rubeho Warbler (Scepomycter rubehoensis)
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk)
Philippine Tailorbird (Orthotomus castaneiceps)
Trilling Tailorbird (Orthotomus chloronotus)
Rufous-fronted Tailorbird (Orthotomus frontalis)
Grey-backed Tailorbird (Orthotomus derbianus)
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus)
Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
Olive-backed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sepium)
White-eared Tailorbird (Orthotomus cinereiceps)
Black-headed Tailorbird (Orthotomus nigriceps)
Yellow-breasted Tailorbird (Orthotomus samarensis)
Long-billed Forest Warbler (Artisornis moreaui)
Red-capped Forest Warbler (Artisornis metopias)
White-tailed Warbler (Poliolais lopezi)
Yellow-bellied Eremomela (Eremomela icteropygialis)
Salvadori’s Eremomela (Eremomela salvadorii)
Yellow-vented Eremomela (Eremomela flavicrissalis)
Senegal Eremomela (Eremomela pusilla)
Green-backed Eremomela (Eremomela canescens)
Green-capped Eremomela (Eremomela scotops)
Karoo Eremomela (Eremomela gregalis)
Burnt-necked Eremomela (Eremomela usticollis)
Rufous-crowned Eremomela (Eremomela badiceps)
Turner’s Eremomela (Eremomela turneri)
Black-necked Eremomela (Eremomela atricollis)


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The Cisticolidae family of small passerine birds is a group of about 110 warblers found mainly in warmer southern regions of the Old World. They are often included within the Old World warbler family Sylviidae.

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.

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.

These are insectivorous birds which nest low in vegetation. (Wikipedia)

Some of the Family – Photos are Alphabetical down the columns:

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