188. Locustella lanceolata

Locustella lanceolata, (Temm.) Man d’Orn. iv. p. 614 (1840) ; Dresser, ii p. 617, pl. 92, fig. 2 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 118 ; Pleske, Orn. Ross. ii. p. 626 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 353.
Pertouzi kritschal, Russ.
Male ad. (E. Siberia). Upper parts dark olive-grey tinged with brown distinctly streaked with blackish brown ; wings and tail dark brown margined with greyish brown ; sides of the head pale olive-grey streaked with dark olivaceous ; superciliary stripe dull white ; under parts white tinged with ochreous and streaked with blackish brown, except the chin and abdomen ; bill dark brown, the base of the lower mandible yellowish ; legs fleshy white ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.5, wing 2.2, tail 1.83, tarsus 0.7 inch. Female similar [but a tritie smaller. In the autumn dress the upper parts are tinged with reddish brown ; very old birds have the under parts less striped, some being almost without stripes. Young birds have the under parts washed with ochreous, and have the upper parts more olivaceous in tinge.
Hab. Of very rare occurrence in Russia west of the Ural, but is generally distributed in Siberia as far east as Saghalien and north to Kamchatka ; China on passage, and winters in Burma, and India as far west as Etawah, and south to the Andaman Islands.
Frequents damp, marshy localities, willow bushes, and reeds on the borders of water, and skulks closely amongst the dense herbage, so that it may almost be trodden on before it will rise, and runs rapidly along the ground. Its song, which may be heard throughout the day, is a piping vibrating sound resembling the note of a locust and sounds sometimes as if quite near, and at others as far away though the bird may be quite close. It feeds almost entirely on aquatic insects of various kinds. Its nest, which is placed in damp localities on the ground and most carefully concealed, is neatly constructed of dry grasses a little moss and small leaves, and lined with line grasses. The eggs, usually 5 in number closely resemble those of the Grasshopper- Warbler but are smaller, averaging in size about 0.71 by 0.51.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
188. Locustella lanceolata
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Lanceolated Warbler
Lanceolated Warbler
Locustella lanceolata
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