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Singing Cisticola at Nyika National Park

Weißbrauen-CistensängerIn the foothills of the Nyika National Park in western Malawi, a singing Singing Cisticola (Cisticola cantans) of the subspecies muenzneri could be heard. A little later, the Singing Cisticola is hidden on an acacia branch. When the song of the Singing Cisticola is played from the tape, it does not keep the bird in cover and it comes very nicely exposed on a branch over a stream. The song is generally very important for Cisticolidae-birds. In particular, the members of the genus Cisticola produce a variety of note types, from hard, harsh, rasping tones and sweet trills to plaintive bleats and musical whistles. Their songs are almost always unique and often give the best indication of species determination. As they look quite the same in the genus, this is often the best clue to their identity. A curious visual feature that accompanies the song in many styles is a blackish palate that is well visible in the blog´s Continue reading Singing Cisticola at Nyika National Park