Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler

Locustella ochotensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Grassbirds (Megaluridae)

Code 4

MIGW

Code 6

LOCOCH

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler has a large range, estimated globally at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Asia, the Russian Federation, and the United States, this bird prefers grassland, wetland, and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 100,000 to 1,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Middendorf's Grasshopper Warbler: Medium warbler, rust-brown upperparts, dark brown rump, white underparts with brown wash on lower breast, sides. Throat and eye brows are white. Tail is short and white-tipped. Legs and feet are orange. Alternates rapid wing beats with wings tucked to sides.


Range and Habitat

Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler: This species is endemic to Asia. Individuals stray west and breed in the western Aleutian Islands and other islands in the Bering Sea and off the western coast of Alaska. These birds prefer dense vegetation and they prefer to remain concealed in thick grass and shrubs.

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Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Middendorff's-Grasshopper Warbler E1

Song is a high-pitched "drrit-cher-wee-cher-wee".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"veechee-veechee-veechee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler is named for its song, which sounds like a grasshopper.
  • They are difficult to observe because they prefer to skulk in dense vegetation and remain concealed in dense shrubs and grasses.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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