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Clamorous Reed Warbler

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Subspecies A. s. brunnescens aka Indian Reed WarblerPhoto by Alok TewariBasai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, March-2016
Subspecies A. s. brunnescens aka Indian Reed Warbler
Photo by Alok Tewari
Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, March-2016
Acrocephalus stentoreus

Includes Indian Reed Warbler


[edit] Identification

18-20 cm (7-7¾ in)

  • Brown back
  • Whitish underparts
  • Strong pointed bill

Sexes similar

[edit] Distribution

Subspecies A. s. hartertiPhoto by Romy Ocon Candaba Swamp, Pampanga, Philippines, April  2005
Subspecies A. s. harterti
Photo by Romy Ocon
Candaba Swamp, Pampanga, Philippines, April 2005

Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia
Northern Africa: Egypt
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia
Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Iran
Asia: China, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas, Bali, Timor, Moluccas
Australasia: New Guinea, Australia (Queensland), Melanesia, Solomon Islands

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • A. s. stentoreus:
  • A. s. levantinus:
  • A. s. brunnescens: (Indian Reed-Warbler)
  • A. s. amyae:
  • Plains of Brahmaputra River (Assam) to Myanmar and south-western China
  • A. s. meridionalis:
  • A. s. harterti:
  • Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Leyte, Bohol and Mindanao)
  • A. s. celebensis:
  • A. s. siebersi:
  • A. s. lentecaptus:

[edit] Habitat

Large reed beds and bushes around lakes, ponds and along rivers.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They construct a basket-like nest in the reeds. The clutch consists of 3-6 eggs.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists almost entiredly of insects, such as stoneflies, mayflies, dragonflies and damselflies.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, India, March-2016
Calling from reed-bed in the wetlands now being drained.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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