Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris)

OTHER NAMES: N/A
Latin Etymology: Megalurus ("great tailed") palustris ("marshy")
Adult Striated Grassbird (subspecies M. p. toklaoat Florican Grasslands, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ?
Featured Subspecies: Megalurus palustris toklao
Weight: 38-56g
Length: 22-28cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Perhaps the name was a bit distracting at the time, but I didn't click until later that this species was a relation of the grasshopper warbler.  In retrospect, this makes sense - it shares a similar shape and plumage pattern to the species I've seen although considerably larger. 

Related Species:
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Locustellidae
GENUS: Megalurus
SUBSPECIES: M. p. toklao, M. p. forbesi, M. p. palustris

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - A fairly common resident.
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - Some seen at Florican Grassland Reserve

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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