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Zitting cisticola

Diputación de Málaga

Zitting cisticola

Small bird (approx 10 cm or 4 in) with brown ocher plumage and dark stripes all over the body. Clearer underparts. Short, dark, rounded and narrow tail when folded. When unfolded it is quite wide, with whitish terminal ends. Very undulating flight.

Where it lives

Wet grasslands, beds of reeds or rushes and crop boundaries, always near water points.

How it lives

Species resident in the province. The Zitting Cisticola breeds from March, making two or three layings of 4 to 7 eggs. Very elaborate nest, in the shape of an elongated bag, hidden in the low grass. It feeds on insects and spiders, captured during its movements by the grasslands. Very territorial. The male performs a characteristic flight that does not go unnoticed, neither for the sight nor for the hearing: it goes up and down at a height of about 20 meters, singing at the top of each rise, emitting a strong and penetrating "seep-seep-seep".

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Frequent and easy to detect species. This bird can be observed in the mouth of the Guadalhorce and Vélez rivers. It is also present in most meadows and grasslands of countryside near the coast of the entire province.

Animal Life > Birds
Common name
Zitting cisticola
Scientific name
Cisticola juncidis
De matorral
Wintering Summer Resident Migration