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Paddyfield Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Acrocephalus agricola

Identification

12–14 cm (4¾-5½ in)

  • Plumage varies through the season from rusty to palish-buff unstreaked upperparts
  • Whitish underparts
  • Whitish supercilium
  • Short bill, with yellowish lower mandible
  • Long tail

Sexes similar

Similar Species

Eurasian Reed Warbler which has longer wings and shorter tail, and less marked supercillium.

Distribution

Breeds in central Eurasia; winters in southern Asia

Rare, but regular vagrant to western Europe

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1][3][4].

Habitat

Low dense vegetation such as long grass, reeds and rice, besides lakes and marshes

Behaviour

Action

Flicks and cocks the tail.

Breeding

Nests low in reeds. Their clutch contains 4-5 eggs. There may be a second brood.

Diet

Gleans insects such as mayflies, dragonflies, bugs, cicadids and caddis flies from reeds and also in tree canopy.

Vocalisation

Calls and song less harsh than Marsh Warbler.
Call: chek and zak

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Hering, J., Flade, M. & Wink, M. (2015): Records of Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola in Turkey and evidence for a monotypic taxon. Sandgrouse 37(2): 130–136.
  4. Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of this species
  5. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  6. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  7. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2019)

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