French: Locustelle tachetée German: Feldschwirl Spanish: Buscarla pintoja
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Subspecies and Distribution
L. n. naevia
(Boddaert, 1783) – Western Grasshopper-warbler – Europe (from S Scandinavia and S Finland S to Britain and Ireland, N Iberia, Alps and R Danube) E to W European Russia and Ukraine; non-breeding W Africa.
L. n. obscurior
Buturlin, 1929 – Caucasus Mts S to NE Turkey and Armenia; non-breeding probably E Africa and Middle East.
L. n. straminea
Seebohm, 1881 – Eastern Grasshopper-warbler – C & S parts of E European Russia E to SW Siberia (Novosibirsk), N & E Kazakhstan and NW China (Tien Shan); non-breeding mostly S Asia, a few in Ethiopia.
L. n. mongolica
Sushkin, 1925 – Zayzan Depression (E Kazakhstan) E to Sayan Mts (in S Russia) and W Mongolia; non-breeding range uncertain, presumably S Asia.
12–12·5 cm; 12–18 g (naevia), 11–16 g (straminea). A small, tapered-looking olive-brown or greyish-brown warbler with spotted or... read more
Song highly distinctive, an even, high-pitched, insect-like reeling, volume appearing to change as... read more
Breeds at edges of open woodland, in damp grazing land, in rank grasses, beds of nettle (Urtica... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects; also spiders (Araneae), some small molluscs. Feeds while moving actively through low vegetation. Gleans from stems, working... read more
Laying late Apr to mid-Jul in W Europe; usually double-brooded. Monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest a thick cup of grass, stems and... read more
Long-distance migrant. Nominate race departs from W & C European breeding grounds Aug and early... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, but distribution patchy; often uncommon. Numbers in many areas fluctuate from one year to another. European population (excluding... read more
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