French: Locustelle du Japon German: Riedschwirl Spanish: Yerbera japonesa
Other common names:
Japanese Swamp Warbler
Subspecies and Distribution
L. p. sinensis
(Witherby, 1912) – Chinese Grassbird – locally in extreme E Mongolia, E China (Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Hebei and Shanghai) and extreme SE Russia (L Khanka, in Primorskiy); non-breeding SE China (basin of lower R Chiang Jiang in S Hubei, N Hunan and N Jiangxi).
L. p. pryeri
(Seebohm, 1884) – Japanese Grassbird – C Japan (N & E Honshu); non-breeding S to Shikoku.
12–14 cm; 11·1–17·2 g (nominate), 10·4 g (sinensis). A medium-sized warbler with boldly streaked upperparts; rather long and “... read more
Song, from prominent tall reed and in air, a low-pitched, repeated “djuk-djuk-djuk”;... read more
Breeds in wet reed-swamp. In Japan, in particular by shallow lakes where extensive beds of sedges... read more
Food and feeding
Food consists almost entirely of small insects, chiefly larvae of moths (Lepidoptera) and flies (Diptera), which especially important food... read more
Begins at start of rainy season (c. 20th Jun), chicks generally fledging between mid-Jul and mid-Aug, in Japan; carrying nest material in... read more
Japanese race (nominate) partially migratory, present in N Honshu from early May to Oct, moving to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. Rare and very local. Extremely skulking when not singing; as a result, passage... read more
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