Order Passeriformes

Family Cisticolidae

Cisticolas and allies
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  • Small, mostly insectivorous passerines with rounded wings, rather long, often graduated tail in most species, weak legs and finely pointed bill; plumage ranges from cryptic in open-country species to brightly coloured among some forest and thicket species.
  • Africa, southern Europe, Asia and Australasia.
  • Forest, woodland, savanna, grassland, marshes and semi-arid to arid scrub.
  • 9-20 cm.
  • 26 genera, 161 species, 537 taxa.
  • 10 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52319 on 11 December 2019).