Includes Eurasian Reed Warbler, African Reed Warbler
- Acrocephalus scirpaceus
12.5cm (5 in)
Brown with a rusty tinge. Paler underparts with a whitish throat. Thin brownish bill. Legs dark brown.
Juvenile is very similar to the adult but rather brighter with tawny-orange tints to upperparts. Legs flesh-coloured.
The first four subspecies used to be in Eurasian Reed Warbler while the last six subspecies were considered another full species, African Reed Warbler.
Four subspecies are recognized:
- A. s. scirpaceus:
- A. s. fuscus:
- A. s. avicenniae:
- A. s. ammon:
- A. s. ambiguus:
- A. s. guiersi:
- Northern Senegal
- A. s. cinnamomeus:
- A. s. hallae:
- A. s. suahelicus:
- A. s. baeticatus:
Reedbeds and some bushes.
The diet includes mainly insects, though some berries are taken.
A monogamous species.
They build a basket-like nest in reeds. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs, which are pale greenish-white with dark specks or splotches. The young fledge after 10 or 11 days.
It is brood parasitised by the Common Cuckoo.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
- Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- Birdforum thread discussing Moroccan Reed Warblers
- The Observers Book of Birds' Eggs
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Common Reed Warbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 5 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Common_Reed_Warbler
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