Locustellidae – Grassbirds and Allies

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) by Nikhil Devasar

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) by Nikhil Devasar

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:30 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Locustellidae – Grassbirds and allies

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (63)

Cordillera Ground Warbler (Robsonius rabori)
Sierra Madre Ground Warbler (Robsonius thompsoni)
Bicol Ground Warbler (Robsonius sorsogonensis)
Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes amnicola)
Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes fasciolatus)
Marsh Grassbird (Helopsaltes pryeri)
Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes certhiola)
Styan’s Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes pleskei)
Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis)
Lanceolated Warbler (Locustella lanceolata)
Brown Bush Warbler (Locustella luteoventris)
Long-billed Bush Warbler (Locustella major)
Common Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia)
Chinese Bush Warbler (Locustella tacsanowskia)
Bamboo Warbler (Locustella alfredi)
River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis)
Savi’s Warbler (Locustella luscinioides)
Friendly Bush Warbler (Locustella accentor)
Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler (Locustella castanea)
Long-tailed Bush Warbler (Locustella caudata)
Baikal Bush Warbler (Locustella davidi)
Spotted Bush Warbler (Locustella thoracica)
West Himalayan Bush Warbler (Locustella kashmirensis)
Taiwan Bush Warbler (Locustella alishanensis)
Russet Bush Warbler (Locustella mandelli)
Dalat Bush Warbler (Locustella idonea)
Benguet Bush Warbler (Locustella seebohmi)
Javan Bush Warbler (Locustella montis)
Sichuan Bush Warbler (Locustella chengi)
Fly River Grassbird (Poodytes albolimbatus)
Spinifexbird (Poodytes carteri)
Chatham Fernbird (Poodytes rufescens)
New Zealand Fernbird (Poodytes punctatus)
Little Grassbird (Poodytes gramineus)
Malia (Malia grata)
Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis)
Rusty Thicketbird (Cincloramphus rubiginosus)
New Britain Thicketbird (Cincloramphus grosvenori)
Buff-banded Thicketbird (Cincloramphus bivittatus)
Rufous Songlark (Cincloramphus mathewsi)
Papuan Grassbird (Cincloramphus macrurus)
Tawny Grassbird (Cincloramphus timoriensis)
Melanesian Thicketbird (Cincloramphus whitneyi)
New Caledonian Thicketbird (Cincloramphus mariae)
Long-legged Thicketbird (Cincloramphus rufus)
Bougainville Thicketbird (Cincloramphus llaneae)
Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris)
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler (Elaphrornis palliseri)
Broad-tailed Grassbird (Schoenicola platyurus)
Bristled Grassbird (Schoenicola striatus)
Fan-tailed Grassbird (Catriscus brevirostris)
Knysna Warbler (Bradypterus sylvaticus)
Bangwa Forest Warbler (Bradypterus bangwaensis)
Barratt’s Warbler (Bradypterus barratti)
Evergreen Forest Warbler (Bradypterus lopezi)
Cinnamon Bracken Warbler (Bradypterus cinnamomeus)
Grey Emutail (Bradypterus seebohmi)
Brown Emutail (Bradypterus brunneus)
Dja River Scrub Warbler (Bradypterus grandis)
Little Rush Warbler (Bradypterus baboecala)
White-winged Swamp Warbler (Bradypterus carpalis)
Grauer’s Swamp Warbler (Bradypterus graueri)
Highland Rush Warbler (Bradypterus centralis)


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Articles Mentioning Birds From This Family:

  • Ian’s Bird of the Week – Little Grassbird
  • Sunday Inspiration – Grassbirds and Allies

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Locustellidae – Wikipedia

Family : Locustellidae – Le quide ornitho

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.

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”. (Wikipedia)

Some of the Family – Photos are Alphabetical down the columns:

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