Scientific Name: Cisticola juncidis
Malay Name: Cak-Tinting Kecil Biasa
Chinese Name: 棕扇尾莺
Found from southern Europe to Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and northern Australia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: cisticola, juncidis, uropygialis, terrestris, neuroticus, cursitans, salimalii, omalurus, brunniceps, tinnabulans, nigrostriatus, malaya, fuscicapilla, constans, leanyeri, normani, laveryi
Local Subspecies: malaya
Size: 10.5-12 cm
Identification: Resembles Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler and Lanceolated Warbler but much smaller. Adult has buffish-brown upperparts with blackish streaks, rufous rump and whitish underparts with rufous-buff wash on flanks.
Habitat: Grasslands, marshes and open habitats.
Ecology/Behaviour: Usually skulks in long grass. During breeding season, male will hover and circle in the air.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Suitable habitats like Kranji Marsh, Punggol Barat, Seletar, Lorong Halus, Coney Island, Tampines Eco Green, Pulau Ubin and Tuas South.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore