The grasshopper warbler is distinguished by its song. It has a high-pitched insect-like reeling (hence the common name) performed at dawn and dusk. The sound it makes has also been likened to mill wheels, spinning wheels and even fishing reels. This song is often the only clue to the presence of a grasshopper warbler nearby as they skulk and creep through dense vegetation like a little mouse. They breed in much of Europe and Asia, including the UK, laying eggs in nests on the ground or tussocks. They spend the winter in the warmer climes of Africa and India.
Scientific name: Locustella naevia
Two similar birds that co-exist happily.
Chris Packham explains how the wood warbler and grasshopper warbler can co-exist, despite being similarly sized insect-eaters.
Hidden in the long grass is a tiny nest.
Carefully hidden among long grass is a nest complete with hungry chicks.
The following habitats are found across the Grasshopper warbler distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web