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Photo © by jenygard
Linnesstranda, Lier, Norway
Acrocephalus palustris


Photo © by Pernatez
Moscow, Russia


  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • Paler underparts
  • Whitish throat

The sexes are identical
Immature: more rufous upperparts and yellower below

Confusion Species

Common Reed Warbler:


Photo © by Digiscoper321
West Sweden, 31 May 2022

Europe to central Russia; winters to coastal southeastern Africa (Natal)


This is a monotypic species1.


Found in areas of dense vegetation; nettles, reeds etc beside streams and ponds, with taller bushes nearby particularly as perches for singing.



Three to six eggs are laid in a nest in reeds or low vegetation.


Diet includes insects, and occasionally berries in autumn.


Well known for mimicking other species of birds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  3. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  4. Birdforum Member observations

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