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Small (Robin, Finch, Thornbill etc)Cisticola exilis

Golden-headed Cisticola at Michelago, NSW

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Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017
Cisticola exilis at Michelago, NSW - 20 Nov 2017

Identification history

Small (Robin, Finch, Thornbill etc) Cisticola exilis 25 Nov 2017 ChrisDaveySignificant Sighting - ChrisDavey has made a recognised, significant sighting!
Small (Robin, Finch, Thornbill etc) Cisticola exilis 23 Nov 2017 RyuCallawayMultiple Significant Sightings - RyuCallaway has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - RyuCallaway has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - RyuCallaway joined us in 2014!
Intermediate size Mirafra javanica 23 Nov 2017 IllilangaMultiple Significant Sightings - Illilanga has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Bulk Reporter - Illilanga has reported over 100 sightings!

Author's notes

Private property. No public access without permission. This bird was12-14cm and we thought we could hear two birds. Most of song was during flight, up very high, which made the birds difficult to photograph. At other times the bird(s) were mostly in amongst very tall grass along the railway line. We have audio of the song.

4 comments

   23 Nov 2017
The wing-pattern on that first photo looks quite cisticola-y to me. I'm not familiar with Bushlarks though, and the flight-singing displays are not a cisticola characteristic. Chris may be able to make something of the audio. Could you crop the first image, and is it possible that the bird you photographed perched is a different bird to the one that was doing the flight-calls or are you certain it's the same bird
IllilangaMultiple Significant Sightings - Illilanga has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Bulk Reporter - Illilanga has reported over 100 sightings! wrote:
   23 Nov 2017
Great pick up Ryu. The audio on my bird apps for the Cisticola do sound exactly like the audio we recorded. It is next to wetland area so that makes sense too. Not a bird I have seen or heard before in our area so I was stumped. :)
IllilangaMultiple Significant Sightings - Illilanga has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Bulk Reporter - Illilanga has reported over 100 sightings! wrote:
   23 Nov 2017
I'll have another go at taking photos now that I know what I am looking for. There may be two species here as you suggest Ryu.
IllilangaMultiple Significant Sightings - Illilanga has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Bulk Reporter - Illilanga has reported over 100 sightings! wrote:
   24 Nov 2017
Chris has confirmed that the audio is of a Golden-headed Cisticola.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • Illilanga Recorded by
  • 20 Nov 2017 Recorded on
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