Cisticola Kaup, Skizz. Nat. Syst. Eur. Thierw., p. 119 (1829). Type, Cisticola cisticola (Temm.) (= juncidis).
The genus Cisticola contains two Indian species of "Warbler -which have two moults yearly, in one species the alteration in the plumage being very great, in the second negligible. The tail is generally decidedly longer in Winter than in Summer, but the degree of difference varies greatly and in some races there is none.
The first primary is very small and the bill is slender and pointed; there are two short rictal bristles, no supplementary hairs and the forehead is smooth.
Key to Species.
A. Tips to all tail-feathers indistinct, dull rufous-white………….C. exilis, p. 419.
B. Tips to the lateral tail-feathers broad and pure
white C. juncidis, p. 422-