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Species Guide

Chirping Cisticola

Cisticola pipiens

The Chirping cisticola, known scientifically as Cisticola pipiens, is a small passerine bird belonging to the family Cisticolidae. This avian species is characterized by its modest plumage, which allows it to blend seamlessly into its grassland habitat.

Identification Tips

When endeavoring to identify the Chirping cisticola, one should look for a bird with a relatively nondescript appearance, typical of the Cisticola genus. Its plumage is well-adapted for camouflage in its grassy environment, making it a challenge to spot at times.


The Chirping cisticola is most commonly found in subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and swamps. These habitats provide the ideal conditions for this species to thrive.


This bird has a range that spans across several African countries, including Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is a resident bird in these regions, adapted to the local climates and ecosystems.


Observations of the Chirping cisticola's behavior reveal a bird well-adapted to its grassland surroundings. It is known for its ability to remain inconspicuous, blending into the grasses where it lives and feeds.

Conservation status

The Chirping cisticola is currently classified as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This status indicates that, at present, there are no immediate threats to the population levels of this species, and it enjoys a stable presence across its natural range.

The Chirping cisticola, a bird of subtle charm, continues to grace the grasslands of Africa with its presence, a small yet integral part of the continent's rich avian tapestry.

Chirping Cisticola Sounds

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