Sunday, 20 November 2011

Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Adult Zitting Cisticola (subspecies C. j. cisticola) in Seville, Spain - November 2011

OTHER NAMES: Fan-tailed Warbler
Local Name (Spain): BuitrĂ³n 
Featured Subspecoes: Cisticola juncidis cisticola
Weight: 5-12g
Length: 10cm
Wingspan: 12-15cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Zitting Cisticola is also known as the Fan-Tailed Warbler, and indeed, this was it's only name until recently renamed so as to avoid confusion with an American species of the same name.  It is now named to match up with the other cisticola species.  They are a fairly common resident species in Iberia, usually associated with water and best detected by their calls.  However, once they reveal themselves they are generally fairly easy to at least catch a glimpse of.  In Winter they are one of the few warbler species to remain in their range, but in Summer a bit more caution is needed as other species arrive.

Related Species:
Order:
Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Genus: Cisticola
Subspecies: C. j. cisticola, C. j. juncidis, C. j. neuroticus, C. j. uropygialis, C. j. terrestris, C. j. cursitans, C. j. salimalii, C. j. omalurus, C. j. malaya, C. j. brunniceps, C. j. tinnabulans, C. j. nigrostriatus, C. j. fuscicapilla, C. j. constans, C. j. norman, C. j. leanyeri, C. j. laveryi

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - A fairly common bird usually found near water.
 - SEVILLE 2011 TRIP: Birds seen in Seville and El Rocio.
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: Several seen and heard around Arrocampo

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides
BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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