golden-headed cisticola

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The Golden-headed Cisticola is a meagre 10 cms tip to tail. They are small grassbirds that nest in a dome of grass mixed with plant-down and spiderweb that they enter near the top. The 3-4 eggs are a blotched blue. They are common residents in grasslands and crops in eastern, northern and north-western Australia and King Island but being so tiny can be difficult to spot. I saw this one near Bellingen on the NSW north coast, it was a lucky shot out of the window of the car after a fellow birder spotted it on a country road.

4 thoughts on “golden-headed cisticola

    The Jagged Man said:
    March 20, 2015 at 11:29 am

    They must be tiny to hang on like that on tall grass. Very nice!

    aussiebirder said:
    March 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    A great shot Margo! These small birds are very difficult to photograph. I have not succeeded yet, with this one but I have done well with the Clamorous Reedwarbler which eluded me for several years.

    Angela G. said:
    March 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Lovely little creature! 🙂

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