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Sedge Warbler - BirdForum Opus

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


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.


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


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

This is a monotypic species[1].


Reed beds with bushes. Damp ditches.



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


The diet includes insects and berries.


Compact outline, strong but fluttery flight. Hops.

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


Thread with links to both Common Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler songs for comparison


  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. 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58794 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 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sedge_warbler&oldid=858574518

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