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Old Sunday 11th March 2018, 13:07   #1
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Warbler, Lake Hawassa Ethiopia

Would be great if someone could help me with the ID of this one. Could it be a Marsh Warbler?

Photo taken on Jan. 24, 2018. What makes me doubt that it is a Marsh Warbler is the size, quite big one.

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Old Sunday 11th March 2018, 13:47   #2
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I also think it is a Marsh Warbler. Lower mandible seems to be too thick for European Reed Warbler.
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Old Sunday 11th March 2018, 15:00   #3
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Primary projection for Marsh Warbler is far too short, leg colour is too dark, also the emarginations fall well within the tertial area....I'm thinking BRW, unless theirs an endemic acro to the region?

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African reed....
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Old Sunday 11th March 2018, 16:57   #5
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What a lovely photograph!
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African reed....
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This is not a reed warbler of any kind - just look at the ridiculously long outermost primary for a start.
Note also the long, strong bill with largely dark lower mandible, grey face hardly showing any supercilium, strong dark grey legs, long tail, dull grey-brown wash allover underparts, very short primary projection, rufous wing panel, and even the habitat (Juncus or Cyperus).
It is a Lesser Swamp Warbler (of the dark subspecies parva).
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I agree with Smiths here, looks good for the species but isn't Lesser Swamp Warbler also a kind of Reed Warbler -- Acrocephalus?
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Hi all,
indeed, agree with Smiths and Werzik, on LSW id. but perhaps some confusion with the name little rush warbler, a bradypterus?
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This is not a reed warbler of any kind - just look at the ridiculously long outermost primary for a start.
Note also the long, strong bill with largely dark lower mandible, grey face hardly showing any supercilium, strong dark grey legs, long tail, dull grey-brown wash allover underparts, very short primary projection, rufous wing panel, and even the habitat (Juncus or Cyperus).
It is a Lesser Swamp Warbler (of the dark subspecies parva).
According to text.....it's an Acrocephalus.....Cape Reed Warbler/Lesser Swamp Warbler whichever name you prefer to use, and I suspect an Acro with possibly the shortest of UTC's, that to one side images show the said species with super either fore, or aft or none! Highly variable just like most of the unstreaked taxa brigade, regarding the strong bill....if you look closely you will note that the bill is open, thus "deepening" it by c30%, and regarding it's choice of perch...it's been my experience that unstreaked "Acros" particularly when on migration will perch on most shrubs...if convenient.

I agree with your ID.

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