Who knew something called a Zitting Cisticola existed?

There’s a flock of tiny birds in this park in Rome. I have no idea what they are:

Zitting Cisticola - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They remind me of Sedge Warblers, but I know that’s not what they are. They are very wary as I approach. This one peers at me suspiciously:

Zitting Cisticola - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Aren’t they fabulous?

Zitting Cisticola - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are crested, striped, fluffy and pale underneath with a reddish rump.

Zitting Cisticola - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are Streaked Fantail Warblers, Cisticola juncidis.

Zitting Cisticola - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Aren’t they endearing?

Zitting Cisticola - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)
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