French: Rousserolle d’Orient German: Chinarohrsänger Spanish: Carricero oriental
Salicaria turdina orientalis
Temminck and Schlegel
C Mongolia and SE Russia (SW Transbaikalia E to lower R Amur) S to N & E China (E from Gansu, S to Fujian), Korea, Sakhalin and Japan; winters mainly in SE Asia to Greater Sundas, Philippines and Wallacea.
17–19 cm; 18–47 g (mean in one study 25·5 g). Has distinct whitish supercilium, dark eyestripe; dark patch on lores variable in extent, often just a spot... read more
Song, delivered from exposed perch (top of reed or bush, or even wire, roof or TV antenna close to... read more
Mainly beds of reed (Phragmites) beside lakes, coastal marshes, estuaries, along rivers... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and arachnids, and some small water snails; occasional small vertebrates. Nestling diet in Japan (Honshu) mayflies (Ephemeroptera... read more
Season mainly May–Jul; average first-egg dates in C Japan and NE China 3rd–15th Jun. Generally monogamous, but 15·8... read more
Migratory; winters mainly from SE Asia to Sumatra and Borneo and in Philippines, apparently... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common; locally very abundant, e.g. in Japan (Honshu). Densities of 10–24 territorial males/ha in small sample plots in... read more
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