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같 Zitting Cisticola 같

같 Zitting Cisticola 같
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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4 + TC 1.7x II, Fuji Velvia 50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-22 4:05
Viewed: 5698
Points: 14
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Zitting Cisticola

Conservation status: Least concern

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Genus: Cisticola
Species: C. juncidis
Binomial name
Cisticola juncidis
(Rafinesque, 1810)

It is an Old World warbler in the genus Cisticola. This genus is sometimes split off with various other southern warbler genera and given family status as the Cisticolidae. This species was previously known as Fan-tailed Warbler , but the current name gives consistency with the many tropical cisticola species.

It has a very wide breeding range including southern Europe, Africa outside the deserts and rainforest, and southern Asia down to northern Australia. It is mainly resident, but some east Asian populations migrate south to winter in warmer areas.

This species is a rare vagrant to northern Europe, mostly as a spring overshoot. Its European range is generally expanding, although northern populations are especially susceptible to hard winters.

Zitting Cisticolas are very small insectivorous birds. These small passerines are found in tall grassland habitats, often near water. Male cisticolas are polygamous; the female builds a discreet nest deep in the grasses, often binding living leaves into the soft fabric of felted plant-down, cobwebs, and grass. The Zitting Cisticola's nest is a cup shape with a canopy of tied-together leaves or grasses overhead for camouflage; 3-6 eggs are laid.

These warblers are brown above, heavily streaked with black. The underparts are whitish, and the tail is broad, white-tipped and flicked frequently, giving rise to the alternative name for the species. The adult males have less crown streaking and more back marking than the females, but there is no great difference between the sexes or the eighteen geographical races.

Although this species is unlikely to be confused with other warblers in Europe, where it is the only cisticola, it is very similar to other members of its genus. It is best distinguished from its many African relatives by its zit-zit-zit song, given in flight. The song is always the easiest identification criterion for this genus.

These birds are more easily heard than seen, and because of their small size (about 10 cm) not always easy to recognise, particularly outside the breeding season when they seldom emerge from their grasses.

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Nice shot Andrea. I love the POV, makes the bird top of the world even if its only 10 cm. The colours are very nice. The sharpness and details of the bird could be a bit better but its nice as it is. I can imagine that you took the shot from a distance sence you wrote that this often heard and not seen. I like the composition very much, the BG is very nice. TFS Mattias

Bella foto Andrea!
Peccato sia un po' lontano.

minimalistic, but very beautiful capture, andrea! :-)
excellent composition of the 3 elements - the great bird,
the diagonal green branch and the wonderful clear blue sky.
terrific job & take care, thorsten.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-07-22 8:40]

Hello Andrea.
Very nice shot, beautiful blue sky and a great POV. I like your picture very much.
Gr. Hans

Hi Andrea,
Excellent note to go along with your shot of this bird I've never seen before. Good clear detail & well seen. I would like to see a bit more of it, but that's just me :)
Well done and TFS!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-22 19:33]

Hello Andrea

Big beautiful sky makes a lovely backdrop for this little chap.The sun lights him up nicely.Excellent POV and composition.TFS


Ciao Andrea mi piace molto il taglio e la composizione di questa foto vedo per dei disturbi non capisco perch. Comunque proprio ben composta complimenti. Ciao gigicacco

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