French: Bruant gris German: Bambusammer Spanish: Escribano gris
E Russia (S Kamchatka), Kuril Is, S Sakhalin and Japan (Hokkaido S to C Honshu). Winters mainly in S half of Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Ryukyu Is (S to Okinawa); rarely in S Korea.
14–17 cm; 20·9–30 g. Male breeding is distinctive, sometimes with dusky lores, otherwise entire head, upperparts and underparts dark slate-grey,... read more
Song, from inconspicuous perch inside bush or undergrowth, usually starts with soft drawn-out note... read more
Favours mixed deciduous and coniferous forest at middle and subalpine elevations, usually with... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insufficiently known; appears to include small invertebrates, seeds and small fruits and berries. Usually forages on ground. Secretive... read more
Season begins during Jun, with peak in Jul. Nest built from twigs and dead leaves of dwarf bamboo, also grasses, located on stems of dwarf... read more
Migratory. Autumn migration begins in Aug in N part of range, but main passage in Kuril Is during... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon in most of range; locally common. Global population not reliably estimated, but no signs of decrease and considered stable. read more
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