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Body length = 11-13cm, weight = 13-15g.

Keeps in dense grass. In case of danger, he prefers to flee.

Egg laying time: June. Color and size of eggs: White with reddish-brown gray spots, 1.5x1.5 cm.

Nesting area: Thickets of grass along the banks of water bodies, in damp meadows and in bushes in the forest. Nest location and description: On the ground. The nest is often located on the side of a tubercle or bump in a depression. The main material is the stems and leaves of various herbs, moss.


The owner of a stepped tail and rounded wings.
They have a patronizing color with grayish tints.

Sexual dimorphism

There is no sexual dimorphism.
During the nesting period, the female differs from the male by the presence of a brood spot.

Habitat and lifestyle

North America.
Alaska, incidentally.
Continental United States, incidental.
It is common on the territory of the Tyumen region, where it does not live only in the tundra regions, but in the forest-steppe it occurs during migrations.


The last of all migratory birds fly to nesting sites - in May-June. In the conditions of the Yuganskiy reserve, the spotted cricket appears after 15 June. At the time of arrival of crickets, many waterfowl and near-water birds begin to fly to the places of summer molting and summering.
Crickets lead a hidden lifestyle, hiding in bushes and tall grass.
Autumn migrations take place in August - early September. Birds overwinter in South Asia.

Voice and sounds emitted:

This group of birds received its Latin and Russian name for a song reminiscent of the chirping of locusts.

Mating season

Arriving at nesting sites, they immediately begin to create pairs and build cupped nests hidden in dense grass.

Human interaction

By killing harmful insects, crickets benefit agriculture and forestry.

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Spotted cricket (Latin Locustella lanceolata) is a bird of the cricket genus, Warbler family.

Nightingale cricket (Locustella luscinioides)

Appearance: The upper part of the body is monotonous reddish-brown, the underparts are buffy-whitish with brownish sides.
The size: From a sparrow.

Features: In contrast to the warbler, the nightingale cricket has a darker color, the body is noticeably elongated, and less mobility. It differs from other crickets in the monochromatic reddish coloration of the top.

Habits: The nightingale cricket stays in the thick of grass or bushes. The bird deftly runs on the ground, easily slipping between the dense stems of plants. It flies rarely, low above the ground.
Nature of stay: Migrant.

Food: Insects and spiders.

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Breeding area: Thickets of willows and near-water vegetation in a wet swampy area.
Location of the socket and its description: Low above the ground on grass stalks or on the ground. A graceful hemisphere of reed leaves, reeds and other material.
Egg laying time: May June
Eggs color and size: White with brown spots, 2x1.5 cm.

River cricket (Locustella fluviatilis)

Appearance: The color of the top is dark olive-brown, the bottom is brownish-whitish, lighter on the throat. There are dark longitudinal streaks on the neck, goiter and chest. Undertail is buffy-brown with light spots.
The size: Body length = 15-17cm, weight = 17-20g. From a sparrow.

Features: The river cricket hardly differs from other crickets in appearance.

Habits: It prefers to swim in dense grass or bushes. The frightened bird falls to the ground with a stone and runs away into the thicket. In the thickets, he runs dexterously and quickly. It flies rarely, low above the ground.
Nature of stay: Migrant.

Food: Insects living near the water.
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Breeding area: Wet meadows, river valleys, swamps, forests, parks with thickets of grass and shrubs.
Location of the socket and its description: On the ground. The main material is dry leaves, grass stalks.
Egg laying time: June
Eggs color and size: White with gray and reddish-brown dots, 2x1.5 cm.

Song Cricket (Locustella certhiola)

Appearance: The top is brownish, the uppertail is reddish, the nape is grayish, there are dark brown streaks on the head, back and shoulders, the tail is reddish with dark spots at the end, the bottom is buffy-whitish, the eyebrow is buffy-gray.
The size: Body length = 14-16cm. Less sparrow.

Features: The song cricket differs from the spotted cricket in the dark tone of the top and the absence of streaks on the underside of the body.

Habits: It keeps in the thickets, deftly runs in the thickets. Escapes from danger by running away into the thickets of grass. It flies rarely, low above the ground.
Nature of stay: Migrant.

Breeding area: Overgrown grass with bushes in dry and damp places.
Location of the socket and its description: On the ground in dense grass.
Egg laying time: June July.
Eggs color and size: Pink or pink with reddish-brown spots.

Taiga cricket (Locustella fasciolata)

Appearance: The largest of the crickets (somewhat larger than a sparrow). The upper side is dark olive-brown, the tail and upper tail with a reddish tint, the throat and abdomen are whitish, the goiter, chest and sides are olive-brownish.
The size: Larger than a sparrow.

Features: It differs from other crickets in its large size and song.

Habits: It keeps hidden in dense grass. He begins to sing on the ground, and then runs up the branch to the top of the bush.
Nature of stay: Migrant.

Breeding area: Herbaceous thickets in river valleys, meadows, mountain slopes, sparse forests, gardens and parks.
Location of the socket and its description: On the ground.
Egg laying time: June
Eggs color and size: Off-white with lilac-gray spots.

Okhotsk cricket (Locustella ochotensis)

Appearance: The upper body is reddish, olive-brown with a darker and reddish uppertail and indistinct dark spots on the head and back, the underparts are whitish with a white throat and brownish chest and sides, on the tail below there are dark transverse stripes, and its end is whitish, above the eye, off-white eyebrow.
The size: Less sparrow.

Features: It differs from the spotted cricket in indistinct streaks on the back and a clear light eyebrow.

Habits: Keeps hidden. It is well detected by voice.
Nature of stay: Migrant.