Lanceolated Warbler

Scientific Name: Locustella lanceolata
Malay Name: Cekup-Tikus Berjalur Kecil
Chinese Name: 矛斑蝗莺

Found from Siberia, northern China, Japan to Korea and winters to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: hendersonii, lanceolata.

Size: 12-13.5 cm

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.

Similar looking species: Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Zitting Cisticola

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2017). Locustella lanceolata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.