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The Cisticolidae are warblers found mainly in warmer southern regions of the Old World. They are generally very small birds of drab brown or grey appearance found in open country such as grassland or scrub. There are 111 species worldwide and 20 species which occur in Namibia.

The Cisticola is a very common bird of coastal fynbos, karoo shrub and grassy areas on estuarine flats.
The Cisticola is a small, 13–14 cm long and vocal

The sexes are similar, but juvenile birds are duller with a yellow face.

The call of the Cisticola is a soft prrrrt followed by a sharp wheee phweee.

The Cisticola builds a ball-shaped nest with a side entrance from dry grass, cobwebs and felted plant down.

It is usually seen in pairs or singly, flitting in a bush or the grass at the base of a tree as it forages for small insects.

  • Red-faced Cisticola Cisticola erythrops
  • Rattling Cisticola Cisticola chiniana
  • Grey Cisticola Cisticola rufilatus
  • Red-headed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapillus
  • Winding Cisticola Cisticola galactotes
  • Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens
  • Tinkling Cisticola Cisticola tinniens
  • Croaking Cisticola Cisticola natalensis
  • Piping Cisticola Cisticola fulvicapillus
  • Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
  • Desert Cisticola Cisticola aridulus
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava
  • Black-chested Prinia Prinia flavicans
  • Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
  • Namaqua Prinia Prinia substriata
  • Rufous-eared Warbler Malcorus pectoralis
  • Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida
  • Green-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brachyura
  • Barred Camaroptera Calamonastes fasciolatus
  • Kopje Warbler Euryptila subcinnamomea
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