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Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis malaya   - Nest building
Zitting Cisticola
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ulu Dedap, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 16 December 2015
English synonyms:Fan-tailed Cisticola, Fan-tailed Warbler, Common Cisticola, Common Fantail Warbler, Common Fantail-Warbler, Fantailed Cisticola, Fantailed Warbler, Streaked Cisticola, Streaked Fan-tailed Warbler, Streaked Fantail-Warbler, Streak-headed Cisticola, Streak-headed Fantail-Warbler, Wren Grass-Warbler
Bird Family :Cisticolidae - Cisticolas, prinias, scrub warblers & allies
Bird Group :PASSERIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :This is an extensive, rice field region. Zitting Cisticolas were building nests and males were making advertising calls. The padi plants are about half a meter in height and already producing flowers. Can these birds produce fledglings before the harvest? I am sure birds here have, over the years, learnt the padi planting ‘life-cycle’. The reproduction phase (flowers) to the ripening phase (harvesting) of rice plants vary between 30-60 days. Shorter in sunnier regions, the tropics (~ 30 days). These birds take 20-25 days from hatching to fledging. Hope they make it in time. Tiny birds amidst a sea of padi fields. - Amar
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