Locustella naevia Boddaert, 1783.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Locustelle tachetйe; German: Feldschwirl; Spanish: Buscarla Pintoja.
4.7–5.1 in (12–13 cm); 0.3–0.6 oz (9.5–18 g). Small grass warbler with olive-brown upperparts, streaked with black, underparts creamy white, flanks and breast buffy, streaked brown. Short, rounded wings and short graduated tail.
Breeds from southern Scandinavia, British Isles and France west throughout central Europe and Siberia to Mongolia, Northern China. Winters in Africa and Indian subcontinent.
Grasslands, low scrub, bogs, fens and marshes, with some shrubs and trees.
Very secretive; keeps to dense cover. Gait is a run; flight short and low. Song a high, far-carrying trill, common at night. Female sings during courtship.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Forages in low vegetation and on ground for insects.
Female builds cup nest of grass and plant material on or near ground in thick vegetation. The 5–6 eggs are incubated 12–15 days by both parents. Young leave nest after 10–15 days.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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