Migrating Lanceolated Warbler crashed against glass door

On 26th October 2010, Geoff Lim sent in this account: “I found this at the ground floor of my home. It’s quite small in size and looks like a warbler of sorts. Or could this be an immature Siberian Blue Robin because of the relatively long tarsus and robust looking beak with a short tail? 

Would anyone be able to enlighten me on it’s identity?”

It was possible that the bird crashed against the glass door as it was found about 1.5m from it when Geoff was rushing off to work. The bird was dead with no sign of blood around, hence it was unlikely to have been caught by a cat.

Robert Teo wrote in, suggesting that the dead bird looked like a Lanceolated Warbler (Locustella lanceolata). This was confirmed by Dr David R Wells.

The Lanceolated Warbler is a rare winter visitor and passage migrant to Singapore. The first appearance of this northern migrant is around early September, lasting up to late January, although isolated individuals do appear up to late April.

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Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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