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Subspecies palustris
Photo © by Jason Bugay Reyes
Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo, November 2007
Megalurus palustris


22–28 cm (8¾-11 in)

  • Long graduated tail


Subspecies toklao
Photo © by martinuk
Yay Aye Kan, near Kalaw, Shan State, Myanmar, February 2011

Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas, Bali



Subspecies forbesi
Photo © by Clarence1976
Crosswinds Resort, Tagaytay, Philippines, February 2019

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • M. p. toklao:
  • M. p. forbesi:
  • Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Panay, Samar and Mindanao)
  • M. p. palustris:


Composite Flight Image - Nest to Perch
Photo © by Sumit
Kolkata City, India, March 2007

Marshland and wet grassland with reeds and mace.



Their main diet consists of invertebrates such as spiders and many other insects and their larva.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/CE6A2FED ]. Retrieved 22 April 2021
  3. Madge, S. (2020). Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.strgra1.01

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