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Moustached Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Daniele Occhiato
Photo taken: Massaciuccoli Lake, Tuscany, Italy
Acrocephalus melanopogon

Identification

12-13.5 cm
Streaked brown back and white underparts. Black crown. The forehead is flattened, there is a prominent whitish supercilium, grey ear coverts, and the bill is strong and pointed. Short rounded tail is often cocked

Sexes alike

Young birds have spots on the breast and a creamy central crown stripe

Distribution

Southern Europe and southern temperate Asia with a few in north-west Africa.

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

  • A. m. elanopogon:
  • A. m. mimicus:
  • A. m. albiventris:
  • Russia (eastern coast of Sea of Azov to lower Don River)

Habitat

Upright aquatic vegetation such as reeds and sedge.

Behaviour

Breeding

Breeding starts from mid-April. A clutch of three to six eggs are laid and incubated for 14-15 days. Builds an untidy nest in low dense vegetation

Diet

Diet includes insects and water snails.

Vocalisation

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References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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