Leaf-warblers

Phylloscopidae

Both species in Australia, the Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus and the Arctic Warbler Sericercus borealis, have been recorded only as vagrants. All are small, with thin bills and complex, melodious songs.

Golden-headed Cisticola

Golden-headed Cisticola

What does it look and sound like?  Cisticolas are distinguished by their rich golden plumage and pale pink-yellow legs. During the breeding season the male Golden-headed Cisticola attains a beautiful, unstreaked, golden crown. The female retains a streaked crown, similar to that of the non-breeding male. The song is a drawn out ‘zzzzt’, also a repeated metallic ‘link-link’ and a harsh ‘zeep’ in alarm. Th...