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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Species (160)

Common Jery (Neomixis tenella) IBC
Green Jery (Neomixis viridis) IBC
Stripe-throated Jery (Neomixis striatigula) IBC
Red-faced Cisticola (Cisticola erythrops) ©WikiC
____Lepe Cisticola (Cisticola erythropslepe) Mountmoco
Singing Cisticola (Cisticola cantans) juvenile ©WikiC
Whistling Cisticola (Cisticola lateralis) IBC
Trilling Cisticola (Cisticola woosnami) IBC
Chattering Cisticola (Cisticola anonymus) IBC – Eggs ©WikiC
Bubbling Cisticola (Cisticola bulliens) IBC
Chubb’s Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi) by Tom Tarrant
Hunter’s Cisticola (Cisticola hunteri) IBC
Black-lored Cisticola (Cisticola nigriloris) Video IBC
Lazy Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans) ©WikiC
Rock-loving Cisticola (Cisticola emini)  ©©algaedoc
Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chiniana) ©WikiC
Boran Cisticola (Cisticola bodessa) IBC
Churring Cisticola (Cisticola njombe) IBC
Ashy Cisticola (Cisticola cinereolus) IBC
Tana River Cisticola (Cisticola restrictus) Drawing CollinsBirds
Tinkling Cisticola (Cisticola rufilatus) IBC
Grey-backed Cisticola (Cisticola subruficapilla) ©WikiC
Wailing Cisticola (Cisticola lais) ©WikiC
Lynes’s Cisticola (Cisticola distinctus) Afefotostock
Rufous-winged Cisticola (Cisticola galactotes) IBC
Winding Cisticola (Cisticola marginatus) ©Drawing WikiC
Coastal Cisticola (Cisticola haematocephalus) by Ian
Ethiopian Cisticola (Cisticola lugubris) IBC
Luapula Cisticola (Cisticola luapula) Video IBC
Chirping Cisticola (Cisticola pipiens) ©WikiC
Carruthers’s Cisticola (Cisticola carruthersi) IBC
Levaillant’s Cisticola (Cisticola tinniens) by Ian
Stout Cisticola (Cisticola robustus) ©WikiC
Aberdare Cisticola (Cisticola aberdare) IBC
Croaking Cisticola (Cisticola natalensis) IBC
Red-pate Cisticola (Cisticola ruficeps) IBC
Dorst’s Cisticola (Cisticola guinea) IBC
Tiny Cisticola (Cisticola nana) IBC
Short-winged Cisticola (Cisticola brachypterus) IBC
Rufous Cisticola (Cisticola rufus) IBC
Foxy Cisticola (Cisticola troglodytes) IBC
Neddicky (Cisticola fulvicapilla) IBC
Long-tailed Cisticola (Cisticola angusticauda) IBC
Black-tailed Cisticola (Cisticola melanurus) ©Drawing WikiC
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) by Nikhil
Socotra Cisticola (Cisticola haesitatus) IBC
Madagascan Cisticola (Cisticola cherina) ©WikiC
Desert Cisticola (Cisticola aridulus) ©WikiC
Cloud Cisticola (Cisticola textrix) ©Drawing WikiC
Black-backed Cisticola (Cisticola eximius) IBC
Dambo Cisticola (Cisticola dambo) IBC
Pectoral-patch Cisticola (Cisticola brunnescens) IBC
Pale-crowned Cisticola (Cisticola cinnamomeus) ©WikiC
Wing-snapping Cisticola (Cisticola ayresii) ©WikiC
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) by Ian
Socotra Warbler (Incana incana) IBC
Striated Prinia (Prinia crinigera) IBC
Brown Prinia (Prinia polychroa) IBC
Black-throated Prinia (Prinia atrogularis) IBC
Hill Prinia (Prinia superciliaris) IBC
Grey-crowned Prinia (Prinia cinereocapilla) IBC
Rufous-fronted Prinia (Prinia buchanani) by Nikhil Devasar
Rufescent Prinia (Prinia rufescens) IBC
Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii) by Nikhil Devasar
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) by Nikhil Devasar
Jungle Prinia (Prinia sylvatica) by Nikhil Devasar
Bar-winged Prinia (Prinia familiaris) IBC
Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris) by Nikhil Devasar
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis) by Nikhil Devasar
Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava) IBC
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) by Nikhil Devasar
Pale Prinia (Prinia somalica) IBC
River Prinia (Prinia fluviatilis) IBC
Black-chested Prinia (Prinia flavicans) IBC
Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa) by Ian
Drakensberg Prinia (Prinia hypoxantha) IBC
Sao Tome Prinia (Prinia molleri) IBC
Banded Prinia (Prinia bairdii) IBC
Black-faced Prinia (Prinia melanops) Video IBC
White-chinned Prinia (Schistolais leucopogon) IBC
Sierra Leone Prinia (Schistolais leontica) Drawing CollinsBirds
Namaqua Warbler (Phragmacia substriata) IBC
Roberts’s Warbler (Oreophilais robertsi) BirdForum
Red-winged Warbler (Heliolais erythropterus) IBC
Visayan Miniature Babbler (Micromacronus leytensis) Specimen ARKive
Mindanao Miniature Babbler (Micromacronus sordidus) Specimen ARKive
Green Longtail (Urolais epichlorus) Artsuophotos
Black-collared Apalis (Oreolais pulcher) IBC
Ruwenzori Apalis (Oreolais ruwenzorii) BirdingAfrica
Red-winged Grey Warbler (Drymocichla incana) Video IBC
Cricket Warbler (Spiloptila clamans) IBC
Buff-bellied Warbler (Phyllolais pulchella) IBC
Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica) ©WikiC
Yellow-throated Apalis (Apalis flavigularis) IBC
Taita Apalis (Apalis fuscigularis) ARKive
Namuli Apalis (Apalis lynesi) ARKive
Rudd’s Apalis (Apalis ruddi) ©WikiC
Yellow-breasted Apalis (Apalis flavida) ©WikiC
Lowland Masked Apalis (Apalis binotata) IBC
Mountain Masked Apalis (Apalis personata) IBC
Black-throated Apalis (Apalis jacksoni) IBC
White-winged Apalis (Apalis chariessa) IBC
Black-capped Apalis (Apalis nigriceps) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Black-headed Apalis (Apalis melanocephala) IBC
Chirinda Apalis (Apalis chirindensis) BuckhamBirding
Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema) ©WikiC
Kabobo Apalis (Apalis kaboboensis) Specimen
Chapin’s Apalis (Apalis chapini) TZBirds
Sharpe’s Apalis (Apalis sharpii) IBC
Buff-throated Apalis (Apalis rufogularis) IBC
Kungwe Apalis (Apalis argentea) BirdForum – Sound
Karamoja Apalis (Apalis karamojae) IBC
Bamenda Apalis (Apalis bamendae) IBC
Gosling’s Apalis (Apalis goslingi) IBC
Grey Apalis (Apalis cinerea) ©Drawing WikiC
Brown-headed Apalis (Apalis alticola) IBC
Red-fronted Warbler (Urorhipis rufifrons) IBC
Rufous-eared Warbler (Malcorus pectoralis) IBC
Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps) IBC – *LLABS* NA
Grey-capped Warbler (Eminia lepida) IBC
Green-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brachyura) ©©FV
Grey-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brevicaudata) ©©DaveG
Hartert’s Camaroptera (Camaroptera harterti) BirdForum
Yellow-browed Camaroptera (Camaroptera superciliaris) IBC
Olive-green Camaroptera (Camaroptera chloronota) Video IBC
Grey Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes simplex) Video IBC
Miombo Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes undosus) IBC
Stierling’s Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes stierlingi) IBC
Barred Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes fasciolatus) IBC
Cinnamon-breasted Warbler (Euryptila subcinnamomea) ©WikiCom
Black-headed Rufous Warbler (Bathmocercus cerviniventris) ©Drawing WikiC
Black-faced Rufous Warbler (Bathmocercus rufus) IBC
Winifred’s Warbler (Scepomycter winifredae) ARKive
Rubeho Warbler (Scepomycter rubehoensis) TZBirdAtlas
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) by MAMuin
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis) by Ian
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk) (3.5)
Philippine Tailorbird (Orthotomus castaneiceps) Video IBC
Trilling Tailorbird (Orthotomus chloronotus) ProjectNoah
Rufous-fronted Tailorbird (Orthotomus frontalis) ©Drawing WikiC – Video IBC
Grey-backed Tailorbird (Orthotomus derbianus) Video IBC
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) ©WikiC
Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps) ©WikiC
Olive-backed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sepium) ©WikiC – Oiseaux
White-eared Tailorbird (Orthotomus cinereiceps) ©Drawing WikiC
Black-headed Tailorbird (Orthotomus nigriceps) Video IBC
Yellow-breasted Tailorbird (Orthotomus samarensis) IBC
Long-billed Forest Warbler (Artisornis moreaui) IBC
Red-capped Forest Warbler (Artisornis metopias) IBC
White-tailed Warbler (Poliolais lopezi) ©©Pbase Svensson
Yellow-bellied Eremomela (Eremomela icteropygialis) ©WikiC
Salvadori’s Eremomela (Eremomela salvadorii) IBC
Yellow-vented Eremomela (Eremomela flavicrissalis) IBC
Senegal Eremomela (Eremomela pusilla) IBC
Green-backed Eremomela (Eremomela canescens) IBC
Green-capped Eremomela (Eremomela scotops) ©Drawing WikiC
Karoo Eremomela (Eremomela gregalis) IBC
Burnt-necked Eremomela (Eremomela usticollis) ©Drawing WikiC
Rufous-crowned Eremomela (Eremomela badiceps) IBC
Turner’s Eremomela (Eremomela turneri) IBC
Black-necked Eremomela (Eremomela atricollis) IBC

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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)

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