Lanceolated Warbler

Locustella lanceolata (Temminck, 1840) LANWA 12350
Family: Passeriformes > Locustellidae

In some ways more a mouse than a bird, this small, streaky brown bird is rarely seen off the ground, despite migrating thousands of miles from Siberia.

Most of the hundred plus records come from the Northern Isles, and fall in the autumn period (late-September to late-October).

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
254 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
254 records


254 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
254 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution. Most records of this Siberian vagrant are reported from the Northern Isles.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Lanceolated Warbler, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Troellwr Bach Rhesog
Catalan: boscaler pintat petit
Czech: cvrcilka žíhaná
Danish: Stribet Græshoppesanger
Dutch: Kleine Sprinkhaanzanger
Estonian: triip-ritsiklind
Finnish: viirusirkkalintu
French: Locustelle lancéolée
German: Strichelschwirl
Hungarian: foltos tücsökmadár
Icelandic: Lensusöngvari
Italian: Locustella lanceolata
Latvian: lasainais kaukis
Lithuanian: dryžuotasis žiogelis
Norwegian: Stripesanger
Polish: swierszczak nakrapiany
Portuguese: cigarrinha-lanceolada
Slovak: svrciak škvrnitý
Slovenian: progasti kobilicar
Spanish: Buscarla lanceolada
Swedish: träsksångare
Folkname: PG Tips

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