Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Lanceolated Warbler (Locustella lanceolata)


Taxonomy

French: Locustelle lancéolée German: Strichelschwirl Spanish: Buscarla lanceolada
Taxonomy:

Sylvia lanceolata

Temminck

, 1840,

Mainz, Germany, error = Russia

.

Forms a group with L. fluviatilis and L. luscinioides, as confirmed by DNA studies#R; these three also have close affinities to several Asian species formerly placed in Bradypterus. Race gigantea (Shaweishan I, E China) is synonym of hendersonii. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. l. lanceolata (Temminck, 1840) – SE Finland, Russia (Karelia, and from Perm and W Urals E to lower R Kolyma, S Kamchatka and Sea of Okhotsk, and S to Altai, Amurland and Ussuriland), N Mongolia and NE China; probably N Korea#R. Winters in NE Indian Subcontinent, Andamans and Nicobars, SE Asia and N Philippines S to Sumatra and W Java.
  • L. l. hendersonii (Cassin, 1858) – Sakhalin, Kurils and N Japan (Hokkaido); winters in SE Asia.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13·5 cm; 9–13 g. Smallest and most heavily marked Locustella. Nominate race has top of head olive-brown with blackish spotting, side of head... read more

    Voice

    Song a continuous thin reeling, with “ventriloquial” effect as bird turns its head; individual... read more

    Habitat

    Damp valleys, especially by streams and on lake and marsh edges, open meadows with scattered bushes... read more

    Food and feeding

    Adult and larval insects, especially beetles (Coleoptera) and ants (Hymenoptera); also spiders (Araneae); seeds also taken. Forages on... read more

    Breeding

    Laying begins mid-Jun in Transbaikalia and late Jun in C Siberia. Solitary, territorial. Nest a deep thick-walled cup of dry grass, leaves... read more

    Movements

    Long-distance migrant. Non-breeding grounds extend from NE Indian Subcontinent E to Myanmar and... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common throughout large Siberian breeding range; common also in N Japan (Hokkaido). Population in extreme W of range (W of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Pearson, D. (2018). Lanceolated Warbler (Locustella lanceolata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58784 on 13 December 2018).