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Sedge Warbler

From Opus

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Photo © by IanFDorman's Pool, Port Clarence, England, 1 May 2007
Photo © by IanF
Dorman's Pool, Port Clarence, England, 1 May 2007


[edit] Identification

11.5-13 cm

  • Brown upperparts, streaked black
  • Rusty-brown rump
  • Dark cap
  • Strong white supercilium
  • Longish, broad rounded tail
  • Whitish underparts
  • Buff flanks
  • Greyish-brown legs

Immature: fine streaking on breast
The sexes are identical.

[edit] Distribution

Breeds throughout Europe and Asia, winters in sub-Saharan Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

JuvenilePhoto © by YilaneMerzse Marsh, Budapest, Hungary, 12 July 2010
Photo © by Yilane
Merzse Marsh, Budapest, Hungary, 12 July 2010

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Reed beds with bushes. Damp ditches.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The clutch of 3-5 eggs are laid in a nest made low in dense reeds or a bush.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects and berries.

[edit] Flight

Compact outline, strong but fluttery flight. Hops.

Adult male in song flightPhoto ©  by JWWTown's Holt, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, 28 June 2010
Adult male in song flight
Photo © by JWW
Town's Holt, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, 28 June 2010

[edit] Vocalisation

Listen in an external program
Thread with links to both Eurasian 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. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Dyrcz, A. (2018). Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 October 2018).
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  5. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  6. Wikipedia contributors. (2018, September 8). Sedge warbler. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09:29, October 13, 2018, from

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