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Bird name:

Lanceolated Warbler

Locustella lanceolata




Grassbirds (Megaluridae)


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Breeding Location:

Wetlands, Meadows, grassy

Breeding Type:


Egg Colour:

White with grey or red brown spots.

Number of Eggs:

3 - 5

Incubation Days:

13 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Material:

Dry leaves, stalks, moss, and grass.

Nest Location:

On ground near base of a tree or in shrub.




Lanceolated Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with streaked grey-yellow body. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Lanceolated Warbler: Rare vagrant to the UK. Mainly an Asian species. Breeds from the central Urals in Russia east across Asia to Kamchatka, northern Japan and northeastern China. Prefers dense vegetation and often found in reeds, rushes, and grassy meadows.

Breeding and Nesting

Lanceolated Warbler: Three to five white eggs with grey or red brown spots are laid in a ground nest, usually next to the base of a bush or in a small hollow of dried grass and leaves.

Foraging and Feeding

Lanceolated Warbler: Feeds on insects and other invertebrates.

Readily Eats

Fruit, Suet


Lanceolated Warbler: Song is a thin, insect-like reeling sound, similar to a grasshopper. Distinctive call is a metallic "rink-tink-tink", delivered infrequently; also an explosive "pwit" and excited "chack" when disturbed.

Similar Species

Lanceolated Warbler: Aquatic Warbler has dark crown and eyeline. Wren holds its tail upwards. Dunnock has grey undersides., Lanceolated Warbler: Aquatic Warbler has dark crown and eyeline. Wren holds its tail upwards. Dunnock has grey undersides.

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The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.


The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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