Scientific Name: Locustella lanceolata
Malay Name: Cekup-Tikus Berjalur Kecil
Chinese Name: 矛斑蝗莺
Range: Found from Siberia, northern China, Japan to Korea and winters to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: hendersonii, lanceolata.
Size: 12-13.5 cm
Identification: Resembles Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler but smaller and shows prominent streaking on crown, mantle, rump, lower throat, breast, flanks and undertail-coverts and lacks the pronounced rufescent plumage tones. Juvenile is somewhat less heavily/boldly streaked.
Habitat: Grass, weeds and scrub.
Behaviour/Ecology: Very skulking, forages on or near ground and difficult to flush.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)
Location: Punggol Barat, Tanah Merah Grassland, Lorong Halus, Kranji Marsh, Bidadari and Tuas South.
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Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2017). Locustella lanceolata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22714654A111074459.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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