Scientific Name: Helopsaltes certhiola
Malay Name: Cekup-Tikus Berjalur Biasa
Chinese Name: 小蝗莺
Alternative Name(s): Rusty-rumped Warbler
Range: Found from Mongolia, Siberia to northern China and winters to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: certhiola, sparsimstriatus, centralasiae, rubescens, minor.
Size: 14-15 cm
Identification: Resembles Lanceolated Warbler but larger with more rufescent upperparts, streaked crown/nape, bold black stripes on mantle and lacks dark streaks on flanks and undertail-coverts. Juvenile like adult but has faint streaks at lower throat.
Similar looking species: Lanceolated Warbler, Zitting Cisticola
Habitat: Tall reeds, grass and other vegetation near freshwater wetlands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Call is markedly different from Lanceolated Warbler, consisting of rapidly delivered, well-structured musical warbling phrases.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Sengkang Riverside Park, Kranji Marsh and Lorong Halus
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Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler)
BirdLife International. (2016). Helopsaltes certhiola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22714664A94423321.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler. Retrieved on May 31, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/pallass-grasshopper-warbler.