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) OBI
Sierra Madre Ground Warbler (Robsonius thompsoni)
Bicol Ground Warbler (Robsonius sorsogonensis) OBI
Russet Bush Warbler (Locustella mandelli) IBC
Dalat Bush Warbler (Locustella idonea)
Javan Bush Warbler (Locustella montis) OBI
Taiwan Bush Warbler (Locustella alishanensis) IBC
Sichuan Bush Warbler (Locustella chengi) ©WikiC
West Himalayan Bush Warbler (Locustella kashmirensis) OBI
Spotted Bush Warbler (Locustella thoracica) Tom Tarrant – ©Drawing WikiC
Baikal Bush Warbler (Locustella davidi) IBC
Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler (Locustella castanea) ©WikiC – ©Drawing WikiC
Long-tailed Bush Warbler (Locustella caudata) ©Drawing WikiC
Common Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) ©WikiC
Long-billed Bush Warbler (Locustella major) ©Drawing WikiC
Chinese Bush Warbler (Locustella tacsanowskia) Avibase
Brown Bush Warbler (Locustella luteoventris) IBC – Drawing ©WikiC
River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis) ©WikiC
Savi’s Warbler (Locustella luscinioides) Tom Tarrant – ©WikiC
Lanceolated Warbler (Locustella lanceolata) ©Drawing WikiC
Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella ochotensis) OBI – Drawing ©WikiC
Styan’s Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella pleskei) Surfbirds
Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella certhiola) ©WikiC
Marsh Grassbird (Locustella pryeri) ©WikiC
Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella fasciolata) ©WikiC
Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella amnicola) OBI
Benguet Bush Warbler (Locustella seebohmi) OBI
Friendly Bush Warbler (Locustella accentor) OBI
Little Rush Warbler (Bradypterus baboecala) ©WikiC
Highland Rush Warbler (Bradypterus centralis)
White-winged Swamp Warbler (Bradypterus carpalis) WorldBirds
Grauer’s Swamp Warbler (Bradypterus graueri) IBC
Brown Emutail (Bradypterus brunneus) WorldBirds
Knysna Warbler (Bradypterus sylvaticus) ©Drawing WikiC
Cinnamon Bracken Warbler (Bradypterus cinnamomeus) WorldBirds
Evergreen Forest Warbler (Bradypterus lopezi) WorldBirds
Bangwa Forest Warbler (Bradypterus bangwaensis) IBC
Barratt’s Warbler (Bradypterus barratti) ©WikiC
Ja River Scrub Warbler (Bradypterus grandis) WorldBirds
Bamboo Warbler (Bradypterus alfredi) ** Need Photo **
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler (Elaphrornis palliseri) ©WikiC
Broad-tailed Grassbird (Schoenicola platyurus) ©WikiC
Fan-tailed Grassbird (Schoenicola brevirostris) ©WikiC
Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) by Nikhil Devasar
Rufous Songlark (Megalurus mathewsi) by Ian
Tawny Grassbird (Megalurus timoriensis) by Ian
Brown Songlark (Megalurus cruralis) IBC
Little Grassbird (Megalurus gramineus) by Ian – Article
New Zealand Fernbird (Megalurus punctatus) ©Drawing WikiC – IBC
Chatham Fernbird (Megalurus rufescens)† ©Drawing WikiC
Spinifexbird (Megalurus carteri) by Ian
Papuan Grassbird (Megalurus macrurus) IBC
Fly River Grassbird (Megalurus albolimbatus) ** Need Photo **
Malia (Malia grata) OBI
Grey Emutail (Amphilais seebohmi) ©WikiC
New Caledonian Thicketbird (Megalurulus mariei) ©Drawing WikiC
New Britain Thicketbird (Megalurulus grosvenori) Drawing ©WikiC – Specimen
Melanesian Thicketbird (Megalurulus whitneyi) Stamp
Bougainville Thicketbird (Megalurulus llaneae) ARKive
Rusty Thicketbird (Megalurulus rubiginosus) ©Drawing WikiC
Long-legged Thicketbird (Megalurulus rufus) ARKive
Buff-banded Thicketbird (Buettikoferella bivittata) – OBI
Bristled Grassbird (Chaetornis striata) – OBI


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Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II

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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)

Most of the Family:

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