French: Mégalure rayée German: Borstenbuschsänger Spanish: Yerbera estriada
Other common names:
Nilgiris, southern India
NE Pakistan (NE Punjab) patchily E across Gangetic Plain to C Bangladesh and NE India (C Assam), also WC India (Maharashtra); non-breeding EC India (C Madhya Pradesh E to C Odisha, S to N Andhra Pradesh).
19–21 cm; c. 28–35 g. A large warbler with broadly graduated long tail, and relatively short, almost laniid-like bill enhanced by flat crown; unique facial... read more
Song, from near top of tall grasses, reeds or bush or in aerial display, distinctive, a repeated... read more
Lowland grassland with scattered bushes, e.g. Ziziphus jujuba and tamarisk (Tamarix... read more
Food and feeding
Diet small invertebrates, but few data other than “insects”; label of a museum skin mentions “grasshopper” (Orthoptera). Usually... read more
Season May–Sept (during rains), but birds in breeding condition as early as late Mar and as late as mid-Sept, and one nest with... read more
Poorly understood. Sparse records in recent decades seem to suggest pattern of a summer visitor to... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Rare and local. Few recorded observations in recent decades, although older records exist from virtually all lowland regions of India. At very W limit of range,... read more
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