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Paddyfield Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Acrocephalus agricola


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.


Breeds in central Eurasia; winters in southern Asia

Rare, but regular vagrant to western Europe


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


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



Flicks and cocks the tail.


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


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


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


  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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