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Bright-headed Cisticola
Bright-headed Cisticola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Many: see text

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.

Species list in taxonomic order

  • Genus Cisticola, the cisticolas
    • Red-faced Cisticola, Cisticola erythrops
      Singing Cisticola, Cisticola cantans
      Whistling Cisticola, Cisticola lateralis
      Chattering Cisticola, Cisticola anonymus
      Trilling Cisticola, Cisticola woosnami
      Bubbling Cisticola, Cisticola bulliens
      Chubb's Cisticola, Cisticola chubbi
      Hunter's Cisticola, Cisticola hunteri
      Black-lored Cisticola, Cisticola nigriloris
      Rock-loving Cisticola, Cisticola aberrans
      Boran Cisticola, Cisticola bodessa
      Rattling Cisticola, Cisticola chiniana
      Ashy Cisticola, Cisticola cinereolus
      Red-pate Cisticola, Cisticola ruficeps
      Dorst's Cisticola, Cisticola dorsti
      Grey Cisticola, Cisticola rufilatus
      Red-headed Cisticola, Cisticola subruficapillus
      Wailing Cisticola, Cisticola lais
      Tana River Cisticola, Cisticola restrictus
      Churring Cisticola, Cisticola njombe
      Winding Cisticola, Cisticola galactotes
      Chirping Cisticola, Cisticola pipiens
      Carruthers' Cisticola, Cisticola carruthersi
      Tinkling Cisticola, Cisticola tinniens
      Stout Cisticola, Cisticola robustus
      Croaking Cisticola, Cisticola natalensis
      Piping Cisticola, Cisticola fulvicapillus
      Aberdare Cisticola, Cisticola aberdare
      Tabora Cisticola, Cisticola angusticaudus
      Slender-tailed Cisticola, Cisticola melanurus
      Siffling Cisticola, Cisticola brachypterus
      Rufous Cisticola, Cisticola rufus
      Foxy Cisticola, Cisticola troglodytes
      Tiny Cisticola, Cisticola nanus
      Zitting Cisticola, Cisticola juncidis
      Socotra Cisticola, Cisticola haesitatus
      Madagascar Cisticola, Cisticola cherinus
      Desert Cisticola, Cisticola aridulus
      Cloud Cisticola, Cisticola textrix
      Black-necked Cisticola, Cisticola eximius
      Cloud-scraping Cisticola, Cisticola dambo
      Pectoral-patch Cisticola, Cisticola brunnescens
      Pale-crowned Cisticola, Cisticola cinnamomeus
      Wing-snapping Cisticola, Cisticola ayresii
      Golden-headed Cisticola, Cisticola exilis
  • Genus Rhopophilus
    • White-browed Chinese Warbler, Rhopophilus pekinensis
  • Genus Incana
    • Socotra Warbler, Incana incanus
  • Genus Scotocerca
    • Scrub Warbler or Streaked Scrub Warbler, Scotocerca inquieta
  • Genus Prinia, the prinias
    • Rufous-vented Prinia, Prinia burnesii
      Swamp Prinia, Prinia cinerascens
      Striated Prinia, Prinia criniger
      Brown Prinia, Prinia polychroa
      Hill Prinia, Prinia atrogularis
      Grey-crowned Prinia, Prinia cinereocapilla
      Rufous-fronted Prinia, Prinia buchanani
      Rufescent Prinia, Prinia rufescens
      Grey-breasted Prinia, Prinia hodgsonii
      Bar-winged Prinia, Prinia familiaris
      Graceful Prinia, Prinia gracilis
      Jungle Prinia, Prinia sylvatica
      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
      Namaqua Prinia, Prinia substriata
      Sao Tome Prinia, Prinia molleri
      Roberts' Prinia, Prinia robertsi
      Sierra Leone Prinia, Prinia leontica
      White-chinned Prinia, Prinia leucopogon
      Banded Prinia, Prinia bairdii
      Red-winged Prinia, Prinia erythroptera
  • Genus Malcorus
    • Rufous-eared Warbler, Malcorus pectoralis
  • Genus Drymocichla
    • Red-winged Grey Warbler, Drymocichla incana
  • Genus Urolais
    • Green Longtail, Urolais epichlora
  • Genus Spiloptila
    • Cricket Longtail, Spiloptila clamans
  • Genus Apalis, the apalises
    • Black-collared Apalis, Apalis pulchra
      Ruwenzori Apalis or Collared Apalis, Apalis ruwenzorii
      Bar-throated Apalis, Apalis thoracica
      Taita Apalis, Apalis fuscigularis
      Namuli Apalis, Apalis lynesi
      Yellow-throated Apalis, Apalis flavigularis
      Black-capped Apalis, Apalis nigriceps
      Black-throated Apalis, Apalis jacksoni
      White-winged Apalis, Apalis chariessa
      Masked Apalis, Apalis binotata
      Black-faced Apalis, Apalis personata
      Yellow-breasted Apalis, Apalis flavida
      Rudd's Apalis, Apalis ruddi
      Sharpe's Apalis, Apalis sharpii
      Buff-throated Apalis, Apalis rufogularis
      Bamenda Apalis, Apalis bamendae
      Gosling's Apalis, Apalis goslingi
      Chestnut-throated Apalis, Apalis porphyrolaema
      Kabobo Apalis, Apalis kaboboensis
      Chapin's Apalis, Apalis chapini
      Black-headed Apalis, Apalis melanocephala
      Chirinda Apalis, Apalis chirindensis
      Grey Apalis, Apalis cinerea
      Brown-headed Apalis, Apalis alticola
      Karamoja Apalis, Apalis karamojae
      Kungwe Apalis, Apalis argentea
  • Genus Urorhipis
    • Red-fronted Warbler, Urorhipis rufifrons
  • Genus Hypergerus
    • Oriole Warbler, Hypergerus atriceps
  • Genus Eminia
    • Grey-capped Warbler, Eminia lepida
  • Genus Camaroptera
    • Grey-backed Camaroptera, Camaroptera brachyura
      Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Camaroptera superciliaris
      Olive-green Camaroptera, Camaroptera chloronota
  • Genus Calamonastes
    • Miombo Camaroptera, Calamonastes undosus
      Grey Wren-Warbler, Calamonastes simplex
      Barred Camaroptera, Calamonastes fasciolatus
  • Genus Euryptila
    • Kopje Warbler Euryptila subcinnamomea

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