Sunday Inspiration – Grassbirds And Allies

Little Grassbird (Megalurus gramineus) Adult Feeding Juvenile©WikiC

Little Grassbird (Megalurus gramineus) Adult Feeding Juvenile ©WikiC

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 ESV)

The Lord Jesus Christ created another neat group (family) of birds that includes Grassbirds, Bush Warblers, Thicketbirds and other various warbler sized birds. There is even an Emutail.

Grey Emutail (Amphilais seebohmi) ©WikiC

Grey Emutail (Amphilais seebohmi) ©WikiC

Locustellidae is a newly recognized family of small insectivorous songbirds (“warblers”), formerly placed in the Old World warbler “wastebin” family. It contains the grass warblers, grassbirds, and the Bradypterus “bush warblers”. These birds occur mainly in Eurasia, Africa, and the Australian region. The family name is sometimes given as Megaluridae, but Locustellidae has priority.

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) ©WikiC

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) ©WikiC

The species are smallish birds with tails that are usually long and pointed; the scientific name of the genus Megalurus in fact means “the large-tailed one” in plain English. They are less wren-like than the typical shrub-warblers (Cettia) but like these drab brownish or buffy all over. They tend to be larger and slimmer than Cettia though, and many have bold dark streaks on wings and/or underside. Most live in scrubland and frequently hunt food by clambering through thick tangled growth or pursuing it on the ground; they are perhaps the most terrestrial of the “warblers”. Very unusual for Passeriformes, some are becoming flightless in some taxa.

Among the “warbler and babbler” superfamily Sylvioidea, the Locustellidae are closest to the Malagasy warblers, another newly recognized (and hitherto unnamed) family; the black-capped donacobius (Donacobius atricapillus) is an American relative derived from the same ancestral stock and not a wren as was long believed. (Wikipedia with editing)

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12 NKJV)

You can see most of the Family as you listen to the music below the slideshow.

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“The Church’s One Foundation” ~ Megan Fee, Cody Hancock & Dakota Hancock ~ at Faith Baptist

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:9-11 KJV)


Locustellidae – Grassbirds and Allies Family

Locustellidae – Wikipedia

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