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17 Amaze-wing Facts About The Grasshopper Warbler For Kids

Amazing grasshopper warbler facts to cheer you up.

The little grasshopper warbler is as inconspicuous looking as it is shy. They are so small in fact that most of their body length comes from their wingspan. It is very difficult to spot these birds even though they migrate thousands of miles every year across continents. Warblers are mostly insectivorous and add beetles and gnats to their namesake grasshoppers as they eat everything! They live in little family groups consisting of parents and children and raise about two broods per year. These birds tend to be very protective of their territory and family and will fight anyone that comes near them. Coincidentally, they have a very distinctive song that sounds like crickets, and it is possibly the easiest way to get a hint of their location if you want to spot them out and about. There are many interesting facts about them, so read on to learn more.

 If you would like to learn more fun facts about animals, please check these out: Dartford warbler and hermit warbler.

Grasshopper Warbler Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a grasshopper warbler?

The grasshopper warbler is a little migratory bird. They have a very distinct high-pitched, insect-like song, hence earning them their name. They spend the summer in the UK, where they are known for breeding, and then leave for the Palearctic when winter arrives.

What class of animal does a grasshopper warbler belong to?

Like all bird species, whether they are small or big, the common grasshopper warbler is a member of the class Aves. They are members of the genus Locustella which is entirely made up of warbler birds. They are insectivorous in nature with trilling insect-like calls.

How many grasshopper warblers are there in the world?

Fortunately, the common grasshopper warbler, Locustella naevia, is not under any immediate threat according to its conservation status. There are a huge number of them flying about across the globe merrily. The number of adult birds of this species is estimated at about 3000000-5999999 individuals.

Where does a grasshopper warbler live?

This small bird species are migratory and they tend to travel a lot. In summer, between April and September, they migrate to Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of Europe, which they also use as their breeding ground. They spend their winters in North and Western parts of Africa migrating thousands of miles across land and sea. They aren't endemic to any country.

What is a grasshopper warbler's habitat?

The habitats common grasshopper warbler, Locustella naevia, likes to live in dense shrublands that are close to the water. They also prefer scrub areas, felled woodlands, hedgerows, upland moors as well as clearings as their habitats. Their habitat also gets hugely impacted by the migration, so they try to find places that have a similar temperament regardless of the country.

Who do grasshopper warblers live with?

The grasshopper warbler, Locustella naevia, species is known to live in a family group during their breeding season between April-August. Unfortunately little is known about their living habits outside of this small window.

How long does a grasshopper warbler live?

The young chicks of the warbler species are known to mature at the age of about one year old. Like most small birds, they do not live very long. The longest a bird of this species has lived is five years old.

How do they reproduce?

Male birds try to attract females with displays like spreading their tails and trotting on twigs with their wings spread. Both male and female birds actively contribute to nest-building, which is often made up of moss, grass, twigs and is placed pretty close to the ground. About four to six eggs are laid which is less than great tit birds that are from the same order and lay about nine eggs per clutch. Both parents incubate the eggs for about 14 days. Usually, two broods are raised per season.

What is their conservation status?

Fortunately, the grasshopper warblers are not in any immediate danger of going extinct as their conservation status indicates. They are listed as a species of Least Concern in IUCN's red list of endangered species. However, their status of population distribution in Scotland is fewer in number than in other parts of Europe.

Grasshopper Warbler Fun Facts 

What do grasshopper warblers look like?

Grasshopper warblers are small birds with longer tails. They are pretty shy in nature, so witnessing them in the wild is extremely rare. The upper part of their body is filled with pale brown feathers, with a dark brown streak running through them. Their face is gray, with brown eyes and a faint streak behind them. The underpart of their body is pale cream in color with spots and streaks dispersed throughout them. They have reddish-brown tails with faint bars running through them in some individuals while they have streaked undertail coverts. Their legs are thin and pale yellowish in color.

Fun grasshopper warbler facts that will make you curious.

How cute are they?

These birds are very cute with their little bodies covered in streaks and spots. Their high-pitched singing adds another level of cuteness to them.

How do they communicate?

Birds of this species have a very high-pitched, insect-like reeling call, which actually earned them their name of grasshoppers. They use their singing to attract mates during the breeding season, communicate within family groups, and alert others to any danger that might be approaching. They also use this to confuse insects.

How big is a grasshopper warbler?

The grasshopper warblers are small birds and most of their size is made up of their wingspan. Their range length is about 3.9-5 in (10-12.5 cm) and they have a wingspan is about 5.9-7.5 in (15-19 cm). They are almost as big as palm warbler birds who belong to the same Passeriformes order as them with a range length of 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm) and a wingspan of 7.9-8.3 in (20-21 cm).

How fast can a grasshopper warbler fly?

It is hard to say just how fast a grasshopper warbler can fly, however, warblers, in general, are fast birds with a range speed of about 23-25 mph (37-40.2 kph).

How much does a grasshopper warbler weigh?

Grasshopper warblers weigh little. Their range weight is about 0.4-0.6 oz (11-16 g). They weigh even less than blue jaybirds who also belong to the same Passeriformes order as them, with a range weight of about 2.4-3.8 oz (68-107.7 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The males and female members of this species do not have sex-specific names. They are just called male birds and female birds. Birds of both sexes look similar in appearance and have a high-pitched insect-like trilling song. Their scientific name, Locustella naevia, is common for birds of both sexes.

What would you call a baby grasshopper warbler?

The babies of these beautiful little bird species are called chicks, much like most other bird species. The chicks first fledge at about ten to thirteen days old and mature into fully grown adults at about one year of age.

What do they eat?

The grasshopper warbler is mostly known to eat a big number of insects. From gnats, spiders, aphids, wasps, beetles to their namesake grasshoppers they are known to eat everything. Other than that, they also sometimes eat other invertebrates and even fruits.

Are they dangerous?

They are little birds and are not particularly aggressive towards humans, so are not dangerous at all. They do, however, tend to be quite protective of their family groups. As a result, they fight with members of other bird species if the latter tries to invade their territory.

Would they make a good pet?

The grasshopper warbler is a difficult bird to spot in the wild, and cases of keeping them as pets are not common. The primary reason being, that wild birds of any kind do not make good pets. They need a lot of space to explore and they tend to be quite messy.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

These birds have a high-pitched song that sounds like crickets, and they often sing through the night.

They live in family groups that they are highly protective of.

What time of day do grasshopper warblers sing?

Grasshopper warblers are known for mostly singing at dawn and dusk. However, a long survey of their behavior during the summer months, when they are known to perch on their song-posts, revealed that they sometimes spend whole nights singing.

Do grasshopper warblers migrate? 

Grasshopper warblers are migratory birds, and every year they cross thousands of miles between summer and winter. They spend the months between April-September in Europe and the winter in North and Western Africa.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our icterine warbler fun facts and green rumped parrotlet interesting facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Barcelos Rooster coloring pages.

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