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Wing-snapping Cisticola

Cisticola ayresii

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Tiny, short-tailed, streaky, brown cisticola. Has a longer tail in non-breeding plumage. Found in grassland and marsh. Usually seen when doing a flight display over its breeding habitat. The display consists of whistled notes, which can be down-then-up or on an even pitch, interspersed with wing snaps, which sometimes continue as the bird dives to the ground. Very similar to other small, short-tailed cisticolas, especially in non-breeding plumage. Best distinguished by voice.

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