Key information: More easily heard than seen, the zit-zit-zit song of the Zitting Cisticola is one of the most characteristic sounds of the Cypriot countryside. Found in Cyprus all year round, it is a tiny brown bird that is heavily streaked with black markings. It is usually found in farmland areas or grassland habitats, often near water. It forages on the ground.
Length: 10 – 11 cm
Habitat: Farmland, scrub and bushes, wetlands
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Invertebrates
In Cyprus: Can be seen in farmland areas all over Cyprus
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis