Help with ID please

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>, "'Lindell'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Help with ID please
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 07:59:09 +1100

I’ll disagree with Philip on this one. The bird is definitely a Little Grassbird going by the rufous cap and dark wings. The fact that it is not showing any streaking  on the underparts could mean the bird is a juvenile. Not all the birds I have banded were heavily streaked. I also find the call to be quite strong and penetrating and not a weak whistle. The usual call is a pe, pee, peeeee that can carry for some several hundred metres  if the bird is calling in the open, such as the bird in the photo.




From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Sunday, 19 December 2010 10:47 PM
To: 'Lindell'; 'Canberra Birds'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Help with ID please


Hi Lindell,


I'd say your bird is a Clamorous Reed-Warbler, not a Little Grassbird. The Little Grassbird never calls very loudly. Its sound is very weak whistle. The photo is of a Clamorous Reed-Warbler.




-----Original Message-----
From: Lindell [
Sent: Sunday, 19 December 2010 5:49 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Help with ID please

I was down at Norgrove Park between showers later this afternoon and heard the sound of the Little Grassbird calling very loudly from the middle of the reed-bed ponds.

I saw this one and could see it's throat moving with the sound but I didn't have my bins with me - only the camera.

Everything about it points to a LGB except for the lack of dark striations on the underparts.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.








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