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Eurasian Reed Warbler

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Photo by Ragna Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk, July 2003
Photo by Ragna
Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk, July 2003
Acrocephalus scirpaceus


[edit] Identification

12.5cm (5 in)
Brown with a rusty tinge. Paler underparts with a whitish throat. Thin brownish bill. Legs dark brown.
Juvenile is very similar to the adult but rather brighter with tawny-orange tints to upperparts. Legs flesh-coloured.

[edit] Similar Species

Marsh Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, African Reed Warbler

[edit] Distribution

Europe,western Asia, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

JuvenilePhoto by XmorLlyn Coed Y Dinas, Welshpool, Wales, July 2015
Photo by Xmor
Llyn Coed Y Dinas, Welshpool, Wales, July 2015

[edit] Subspecies

Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A. s. scirpaceus:
  • Breeds in Europe (except the Iberian Peninsula) east to western Turkey and western Russia; winters in subSaharan Africa (Senegal east to Sudan, south at least to Gabon and the northern edge of the Congo Basin)
  • A. s. fuscus:
  • A. s. avicenniae:
  • A. s. ammon:
  • Libyan Desert depressions on the Libya/Egypt border (oases of Qattara, Siwa, Sitra, and Al Jaghbub)

avicenniae was formerly placed in African Reed Warbler, ammon is a recently described subspecies.

[edit] Habitat

Reedbeds and some bushes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes mainly insects, though some berries are taken.

[edit] Breeding

Photo by QingcolAmble, Cornwall, June 2008
Photo by Qingcol
Amble, Cornwall, June 2008

It builds a basket like nest in reeds. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs, which are pale greenish-white with dark specks or splotches. The young fledge after 10 or 11 days.

It is brood parasitised by the Common Cuckoo.

[edit] Vocalisation

Subspecies avicenniaePhoto by ammadouxJeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 2012
Subspecies avicenniae
Photo by ammadoux
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 2012

Listen in an external program
Thread with links to both Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler songs for comparison

[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. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Birdforum thread discussing Moroccan Reed Warblers
  5. The Observers Book of Birds' Eggs
  6. Wikipedia

[edit] External Links

Reed Warbler Identification Thread


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