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
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.
Behaviour/Ecology: Usually skulks in long grass. During breeding season, male will hover and circle in the air.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)
Location: Suitable habitats like Kranji Marsh, Punggol Barat, Seletar, Lorong Halus, Coney Island, Tampines Eco Green, Pulau Ubin and Tuas South.
BirdLife International. (2017). Cisticola juncidis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.