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Bush warblers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
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Bush warblers are small insectivorous birds belonging to the genera Cettia and Bradypterus of the Old World warbler family Sylviidae. There are about 38 species in the genera, the most recently described being the Odedi (Cettia haddeni) from Bougainville.

These are mostly dull birds, unmarked brown above, with strong legs and feet and short broad wings. Many are similar in appearance. They are mostly southern Asian, although Cetti's Warbler has a more extensive range, across southern Europe. Southern species are usually resident, and northern are short-distance migrants.

These are quite terrestrial birds, which live in densely vegetated habitats like thick forest and reedbeds. The will walk away from disturbance rather than flush. The plumage similarities and skulking lifestyle makes these birds hard to see and identify.

Species in genus Cettia

  • Manchurian Bush Warbler, Cettia canturians
    Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Cettia pallidipes
    Japanese Bush Warbler, Cettia diphone
    Philippine Bush Warbler, Cettia seebohmi
    Palau Bush Warbler, Cettia annae
    Shade Warbler, Cettia parens
    Odedi, Cettia haddeni
    Fiji Bush Warbler, Cettia ruficapilla
    Tanimbar Bush Warbler, Cettia carolinae
    Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Cettia fortipes
    Sunda Bush-Warbler, Cettia vulcania
    Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler, Cettia major
    Aberrant Bush Warbler, Cettia flavolivacea
    Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler, Cettia acanthizoides
    Gray-sided Bush Warbler, Cettia brunnifrons
    Cetti's Warbler, Cettia cetti

Species in genus Bradypterus

  • Taiwan Bush Warbler, Bradypterus alishanensis
    African Bush Warbler, Bradypterus baboecala
    Ja River Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus grandis
    White-winged Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus carpalis
    Grauer's Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus graueri
    Bamboo Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus alfredi
    Knysna Scrub Warbler / Knysna Warbler, Bradypterus sylvaticus
    Cameroon Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus lopezi
    African Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus barratti
    Bangwa Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus bangwaensis
    Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Bradypterus cinnamomeus
    Victorin's Scrub Warbler, Bradypterus victorini *almost certainly not a true Bradypterus - see SASOL Birds of Southern Africa
    Spotted Bush Warbler, Bradypterus thoracicus
    Long-billed Bush Warbler, Bradypterus major
    Chinese Bush Warbler, Bradypterus tacsanowskius
    Russet Bush Warbler, Bradypterus seebohmi
    Brown Bush Warbler, Bradypterus luteoventris
    Taiwan Bush Warbler, Bradypterus alishanensis
    Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Bradypterus palliseri
    Friendly Bush Warbler, Bradypterus accentor
    Long-tailed Bush Warbler, Bradypterus caudatus
    Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler, Bradypterus castaneus

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