Golden Headed Cisticola and Chats

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Subject: Golden Headed Cisticola and Chats
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 13:03:40 +1000

HI All,

I recently saw a fantastic close up, portrait shot of a golden headed cisticola.  It's  features looked strikingly similar to those of the Chat family.

I've been reading that there has been discussions to include cisticola's  in there own family, Cisticolidae, with the other african warblers. However, the golden headed cisticola is the only subspecies that doesn't occur in Africa.  

Can anyone comment on the classifying characterics of the golden headed cisticola ?

Like chats, do golden headed cisticola's 'run' along the ground rather than 'hop', if they are ever in open spaces? What type of tongue do they have?


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