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Lanceolated Warbler - BirdForum Opus

, Mid-summer
Photo © by orniodesigns
South Eastern Finland
Locustella lanceolata


12 cm (4¾ in)

  • Streaked brown back
  • Whitish grey underparts
  • Yellowish undertail coverts with a variable amount of spots
  • The sexes are alike

Young birds are yellower below

Similar Species

exhausted on migration
Photo © by Mark Bruce
Kenting, Taiwan

Grasshopper Warbler:
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler:


Eastern Palearctic (Russia to Japan); winters to southern Asia, Greater Sundas and Philippines.

Vagrants regular in the British Isles (mostly Shetland) in the Autumn.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies hendersonii is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Breeds in the taiga; swampy open marshes with shrubby vegetation and rank undergrowth.



A ground nester, they use a tussock to conceal the nest; usual clutch size is five.


Diet includes insects.


Call: chick
Song: A reel which is faster and higher pitched than that of the Grasshopper Warbler


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdguides
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  4. Wikipedia

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