- Acrocephalus scirpaceus
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.
Four subspecies are recognized:
- A. s. scirpaceus:
- A. s. fuscus:
- A. s. avicenniae:
- A. s. ammon:
avicenniae was formerly placed in African Reed Warbler, ammon is a recently described subspecies.
Reedbeds and some bushes.
The diet includes mainly insects, though some berries are taken.
A monogamous species.
They build 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.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- Birdforum thread discussing Moroccan Reed Warblers
- The Observers Book of Birds' Eggs
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Eurasian Reed Warbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 12 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Eurasian_Reed_Warbler