Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolata

David Tipling
David Tipling
Lanceolated Warbler


4 3/4” (12 cm). This small, tan to olive-brown Old World warbler is heavily streaked both above and below. The overall pattern may suggest some New World warblers in non-breeding plumage, or perhaps one of the less distinctive sparrows. Smaller than most sparrows.


Call:“rink-tink-tink” Song: a thin reeling.


Moist, shrubby areas and clearings in forest, often near water. Winters in a variety of wetland habitats.


Widespread breeder across Russia, also breeds in Finland and northeastern China. Winters in India, Southeast Asia, Phillipines and Malaysian islands.


This small, non-descript bird is most likely to visit our range in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands, and it is rare but somewhat regular in the western Aleutians, where it has bred. At least one specimen has been found in California during fall migration. Due to its small size and drab coloration, this species may be more common in the Aleutians than generally recognized.


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