Zitting or Fan-tailed Cisticola

Cisticola juncidis

This common resident in grasslands and fields is similar to its cousin; the desert cisticola, and can be difficult to tell apart. Call (zit versus zink) and breeding behaviour is the best and most reliable way to separate this species from its “drier-living” cousin.

We first recorded this medium-tailed cisticola in March 2010 while birding Wakkerstroom in Mpumulanga. They are common throughout much of southern Africa.



Zitting Cisticola / Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa / 05 September 2014 Zitting Cisticola / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / February 2018 Zitting Cisticola / Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa / 05 September 2014 Zitting Cisticola / Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa / 05 September 2014 Zitting Cisticola / Drakensberg, South Africa / 28 March 2013 Zitting Cisticola / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Zitting Cisticola / Drakensberg, South Africa / 28 March 2013 Zitting Cisticola / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Zitting Cisticola / Devon, South Africa / 22 February 2014 Zitting Cisticola / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Zitting Cisticola / Drakensberg, South Africa / 28 March 2013 Zitting or Fantailed Cisticola / Nxai Pan, Botswana / 20 April 2011 Zitting Cisticola / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Zitting Cisticola / Drakensberg, South Africa / 28 March 2013 Zitting Cisticola / Drakensberg, South Africa / 28 March 2013 Zitting or Fantailed Cisticola / Nxai Pan, Botswana / 20 April 2011 Zitting Cisticola / Devon, South Africa / 22 February 2014 Zitting Cisticola / Drakensberg, South Africa / 28 March 2013 Zitting Cisticola / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Zitting or Fantailed Cisticola / Mkuze Falls Game Reserve, South Africa / 03 May 2010
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