The Asian Stubtail is a
small, short-tailed, monotypic species of Old World warbler in the
Sylviidae family. It breeds in the temperate deciduous forests and mixed
woodlands of the eastern Palearctic and winters primarily in the moist
broadleaf evergreen forests of Southeast Asia from south China to Myanmar
in the west.
Food: They mainly feed on the ground on
spiders and other insects and small invertebrates.
The species is categorized as a threatened
species at some of the breeding populations.
This sighting represents the 1st
record of the species from India as per available records and the first
photographically authenticted record from the subcontinent. Previous sightings
from the subcontinent include a record from southeast Nepal in 1993 and a
couple from Lawachara forest, Bangladesh in 1997 and 1999. Some authorities feel
that these records need further corroboration.
Edit: Sayam U. Chowdhury
has since shared a link to an image of a putative Asian Stubtail seen at Madhobkunda
Waterfall, Kulaura, Bangladeah in Jan 2011. 6/11/13.
Threat status: Least Concern
Name: Asian Stubtail
Date: 3rd November 2013 at about 1.30pm
Place: Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Observed and reported by: Sandip Das
The birds were identified with
the help of
Kennerley: “Yes, this is definitely Asian Stubtail. A
long-distance migrant so a likely candidate for vagrancy.”
Philip. D. Round:
Looks very solidly like
Asian Stubtail to me.”
1. Reed and Bush Warblers - Peter Kennerley and David
2. Birds of South Asia - The Ripley Guide ~ Pamela C. Rasmussen
3. Lewis, A. (1994) Asian Stubtail
Urosphena squameiceps: a new species for Nepal and the Indian subcontinent.
Forktail 9: 155.
Thompson, Paul M.; Johnson, David L. (2003) Further
notable bird records from Bangladesh. Forktail 19: 85-102
Birds of the World
The Telegraph, Calcutta story
of India (http://www.kolkatabirds.com): Asian Stubtail - a
first record for India 2013 at
Dey & S. Sen