Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)


Bristled Grassbird (Chaetornis striata)


French: Mégalure rayée German: Borstenbuschsänger Spanish: Yerbera estriada
Other common names: Bristled Grass-warbler

Megalurus? striatus


, 1841,

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).

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Bristled Grassbird (Chaetornis striata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 April 2019).