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Locustella naevia

Locustella naevia (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea
Familia: Sylviidae
Genus: Locustella
Species: Locustella naevia
Subspecies: L. n. mongolica - L. n. naevia - L. n. obscurior - L. n. straminea

Name

Locustella naevia (Boddaert, 1783)

Vernacular names
Internationalization

Ελληνικά : Θαμνοτριλιστής
English: Grasshopper Warbler
Հայերեն: Ճռիկահավ սովորական

Reference

Table des Planches Enluminéez d'Histoire Naturelle de M. D'Aubenton. p.35

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The Grasshopper Warbler, Locustella naevia, is an Old World warbler in the grass warbler genus Locustella. It breeds across much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is migratory, wintering from northwest Africa to India.

This small passerine bird is a species found in short dense vegetation, often close to water. 4-7 eggs are laid in a nest on the ground or a tussock.

This is a medium-sized warbler, 12.5-13.5 cm long. The adult has a streaked brown back, whitish grey underparts, unstreaked except on the undertail. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are yellower below. Like most warblers, it is insectivorous.

This is a skulking species which is very difficult to see except sometimes when singing. It creeps through grass and low foliage.

The song, which gives this species its name, is a monotonous mechanical insect-like reeling, often given at dusk.

References

* BirdLife International (2004). Locustella naevia. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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