French: Rousserolle à gros bec German: Dickschnabelspötter Spanish: Carricero picogordo
south-eastern Transbaikalia, eastern Siberia, Russia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. aedon
(Pallas, 1776) – SC Siberia (from Tomsk E to Kansk, S to L Teletskoy in Altai and to E Sayan Mts) and adjacent NW Mongolia; non-breeding Nepal and E & S India E to Myanmar and Thailand.
A. a. rufescens
(Stegmann, 1929) – E Siberia and NE Mongolia E to Sea of Japan, S to NE China; non-breeding S China, Thailand and Indochina.
18–21 cm; 22–31 g. A large unstreaked reed-warbler with short, stout bill (decurved upper mandible), plain head pattern, tail appearing long and graduated and... read more
Song a ticking “tschok tschok” followed by loud, hurried, chattering warble of harsh and more... read more
Breeds mainly in dry warm continental lowlands, utilizing dense thickets, bushes, tall grass, edges... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, including many grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Items recorded in nestling diet were small caterpillars, large caterpillars of... read more
In SE Russia, laying from mid-Jun to 2nd Jul in Amurland and full clutches of fresh eggs recorded between 13th Jun and 10th Jul in... read more
Migratory. After breeding, migrates S through Mongolia and E China to winter quarters in S Nepal,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon but widespread. In C Siberia, rare in Sayan but more numerous E & S of L Baikal; common in valleys of R Amur and R Ussuri.... read more
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