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


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

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

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Articles Mentioning Birds From This Family:

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

Other Websites that have photos of this Family:

Locustellidae – Wikipedia

Family : Locustellidae – Le quide ornitho

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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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