Looking at the last picture alone I would say Little Grassbird. In one of
your earlier pictures there is also some streaking on the lower flanks.
are saying call but what you are describing seems to be rather the song
not a call? Can you describe that a bit more detailed?
*From:* Mark and Amanda Young
*Sent:* Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:20 PM
*Subject:* Re: [Birding-Aus] Brown SongLark now a Grassbird
Thanks to all those people who've replied about this bird. Most people
said it's a Tawny Grassbird, but a few think it might be a Little
There are a still points about this bird that have me confused. The white
fringing on the tertials(?), the slight dark streaking to the crown, (as
evident in the second image) and the dark line running through the eye
to suggest Little Grassbird.
But the lack of streaking on the breast leads it towards a Tawny
Is it possible this might be a young bird, or a hybrid of the 2?
When I saw this bird it was at the bottom of a small gully feeding in
between some grasses. Not the sort of habitat I've seen Little Grassbirds
when I've seen them (which is no more than 10 times all up).
What attracted me to it was it's call. I was looking in that area for
Pipit's which are usually around there, when I heard the bird. I remember
having an attractive call with multiple notes. Sorry about the vagueness
that point, but I don't remember anymore about it's call.
Here's a link to another image showing the crown and back. I don't have a
better photo of the breast that I could post.
From: Mark and Amanda Young
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012 7:13 PM
To: 'Birding Aus'
Subject: RE: Brown Songlark
I saw this small bird this morning at Long Reef Golf Course this morning.
wasn't too sure what it was when I saw it in the field. I thought it might
have been some unusual grassbird, but that didn't seem quite right. The
underside and head reminded a bit of a Reed-warbler, but those upper
feathers didn't seem right either for it to be a Reed-warbler.
Now that I've gotten home and had a chance to look it up in Morcombe's, it
looks very similar to a female Brown Songlark. But I've only ever seen a
male Brown Songlark, and that was a few years ago, so I'm would love to
the opinion of others as to what they think this bird might be.
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