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Bristled Grassbird Chaetornis striata  
Bristled Grassbird
Photographer : © Arpit Deomurari
Location :Naliya Grasslands, Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : 23 August 2010
English synonyms:Bristled Grass Warbler, Bristled Grass-Warbler
Bird Family :Megaluridae - Grassbirds
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :During my recent Photography trip to the Naliya Region of Kutch from 21-08-2010 to 23-08-2010, when I reached Bhuj I got a call from Fellow Friend Nirav Bhatt of sighting of this species.

I found seven individuals of Bristled Grassbird (five males and two females).

After the first sighting of this species on 21st I had exclusively spent remaining days to search for more individuals and marking their territories through GPS.

For Gujarat it’s been sighted again after a gap of almost 134 years.

This grassland specialist has a small, rapidly declining population owing to loss and degradation of its grassland habitat, primarily through drainage and conversion to agriculture. Inskipp (1996) has mentioned that although it has a wide distribution in the Indian Subcontinent, there are not many records. He was able to trace only 32 references with original information and only a handful in the last 25 years. There are no records of this species after 1876 in Gujarat. *Deesa (Disa), August–September 1876 (Butler 1875–1877, three males in BMNH, one egg in BMNH); *Ajwa, near Vadodara (Baroda), breeding, undated (Betham 1898; also Dharmakumarsinhji 1955). - AD

Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to the Indian Subcontinent (Bangladesh, India, S Nepal & NE Pakistan).

Specific name altered following David, N. & Gosselin, M. (2002) Gender agreement of avian species names. Bull. Brit. Orn. Cl. 122: 257-282

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