French: Locustelle de David German: Davidschwirl Spanish: Zarzalero de David
Other common names:
Tribura thoracica davidi
Chinwangtao, north-east Hebei, China
Subspecies and Distribution
L. d. suschkini
(Stegmann, 1929) – SC Siberia from Altai E to SW Transbaikalia; non-breeding SE Asia (probably Myanmar and Thailand).
L. d. davidi
(La Touche, 1923) – SE Russia (SE Transbaikalia E to W Amurland) and NE China, probably also C China (C Sichuan, S Gansu and S Shaanxi); non-breeding SE Asia (probably N Indochina).
12 cm; c. 10 g (mean 9·7 g for 12 wintering individuals). A rather small, brown bush-warbler with relatively short, round-tipped tail, long brown undertail-coverts... read more
Song distinctive, an insect-like short, nasal rasp, “dzeeep” or similar, in series of up to 20 with... read more
In breeding season, inhabits scrubby thickets by streams, in clearings of taiga forest, in hills... read more
Food and feeding
Few data. Food insects. Generally solitary. Keeps well hidden, feeding on or near ground; runs, holding tail partially cocked, and slips... read more
Season Jun–Aug. Nest a rounded domed structure 9–10 cm tall, side entrance c. 4–5 cm in diameter, made of coarse grasses... read more
Highly migratory. After breeding, moves S to SE Asia; in E China (near Beijing), reported on autumn... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Locally not uncommon in foothills around S end of L Baikal; farther S & W, in Sayan and Altai ranges, reportedly rare. Little information on numbers farther... read more
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