Latin Etymology: Locustella ("small locust") naevia ("spotted")
Adult male Common Grasshopper Warbler (subspecies L. n. naevia) at Laundinum Woods, Northants - April 2017Featured Subspecies: Locustella naevia naenvia
UK RED LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
The Grasshopper Warbler is a widespread but scarce Summer migrant to the UK - a small brown warbler with very skulking behaviour whose presence is largely revealed by it's distinctive song. Apart from the related and far rarer Savi's Warbler it's call is unmistakable in the UK - it is often described as insect like, giving the species it's name, or, like a fishing line being reeled in, hence the description of it's song as "reeling". I struggled to locate this species for years, but eventually came across some after following a tip for a local site.
SUBSPECIES: L. n. naeiva, L. n. obscurior, L. n. straminea, L. n. mongolica
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UNITED KINGDOM - Description
- Two birds at Laundinum Woods in April 2017, one heard only .