French: Mégalure des marais German: Strichelkopfsänger Spanish: Yerbera palustre
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. toklao
(Blyth, 1843) – NE Pakistan (E Punjab) E across India and S Nepal to NE India (Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, S Arunachal Pradesh), Myanmar, S China (Yunnan, S Guizhou, Guangxi), SE Thailand, Cambodia, N Laos and N, C & S Vietnam.
M. p. forbesi
Bangs, 1919 – Philippines and N Borneo.
M. p. palustris
Horsfield, 1821 – Java and Bali.
22–28 cm (male up to 12% larger than female); 38–56 g. A large and conspicuous warbler with long graduated tail, rectrices tapered to tips. Nominate race has... read more
A subdued whistle followed by loud “wheeechoo”, given from just below tops of tallest... read more
Favours open marshland and wet grassland, with stands of reeds, reedmace (Typha) and... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on small invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), and a wide variety of insects and their larvae. Generally found alone or in... read more
Reported chiefly at start of rainy season, between Apr and Jul, in Indian Subcontinent; in Philippines at various times throughout year,... read more
Chiefly resident. Occurrence of individuals well away from normal haunts, e.g. in NW Pakistan (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to rare. At W limit of range, in Pakistan, rare and extremely localized in NE Punjab; in 1998, at least three individuals reported... read more
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