Fan-tailed Warbler
Cisticola juncidis

The Birds of Europe
Vol.2 - Plate No. 113

Length: 13 cm

The Fan-tailed Warbler is found in southern Europe, southern Asia, Southeast Asia, northern Australia, and in Japan they breed from Honshu southwards. They live in grass fields, reed fields, agricultural fields and create their nests by binding together grass stems and leaves. They often perform song flights, calling "hih, hih, hih ..." as they ascend and "chah, chah, chah, ..." as they descend. During their song flight they spread their tail feathers like fans. They lay 3 to 4 eggs in cup shaped nests, as shown in this illustration by John and Elizabeth Gould.