Locustella lanceolata, Lanceolated Warbler, Kecici Lurik

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

Locustella lanceolata, Lanceolated Warbler, Kecici Lurik

The Lanceolated Warbler (Locustella lanceolata) is an Old World warbler in the grass warbler genus Locustella-lanceolataLocustella. It breeds from northeast European Russia across northern Asia to northern Hokkaidō, Japan. It is migratory, wintering in south east Asia.

This small passerine bird is a species found in grassland with some thicker shrubby vegetation or trees, often close to water in bogs or wet clearings. Five eggs are laid in a nest in a tussock. This species is a rare vagrant to western Europe. One of the best places to see this skulking species as a vagrant is Fair Isle, Shetland.

This is a small warbler. The adult has a streaked brown back, whitish grey underparts, which have small lance-head like streaks, also found on the undertail. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are yellower below. Like most warblers, it is insectivorous.

This is a skulky species which is very difficult to see except sometimes when singing. It creeps through grass and low foliage.

The song is a monotonous mechanical insect-like reeling, something like Grasshopper Warbler, often given at dusk.

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