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Lesser Swamp Warbler - BirdForum Opus

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Alternative name: Cape Reed Warbler

Photo by Leon
Marievale(Johannesburg), South Africa, April 2004
Acrocephalus gracilirostris


14-16 cm long and weighing around 20 g. Brown upperparts, white supercilium and underparts, rufous wash to the flanks. The long, strong bill has a slightly down-curved upper mandible; it is blackish-yellow with a yellower base. Blue-grey legs, brown eyes. Adults of both sexes and juvenile birds are very similar in appearance.


Sub-Saharan Africa: From Nigeria, Chad, Sudan and Ethiopia in the north, south to South Africa. Absent west of Nigeria.


The Lesser Swamp Warbler Acrocephalus gracilirostris, is an 'Old World' Warbler with eight subspecies:

  • A. g. gracilirostris;
  • A. g. neglectus;
  • A. g. jacksoni;
  • A. g. tsanae;
  • A. g. leptorhynchus;
  • A. g. parvus;
  • A. g. cunensis; and
  • A. g. winterbottomi.


Reedbeds in standing water.


It builds a deep, firm cup nest from strips of reed blades, grass and sedges, which is lined with finer grasses. 2-3 brown eggs are laid.

Diet includes insects and other small invertebrates, often taken from the water surface.


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