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Moustached Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Daniele Occhiato
Photo taken: Massaciuccoli Lake, Tuscany, Italy
Acrocephalus melanopogon


12-13.5 cm
Streaked brown back and white underparts. Black crown. The forehead is flattened, there is a prominent whitish supercilium, grey ear coverts, and the bill is strong and pointed. Short rounded tail is often cocked

Sexes alike

Young birds have spots on the breast and a creamy central crown stripe


Southern Europe and southern temperate Asia with a few in north-west Africa.



  • A. m. elanopogon:
  • A. m. mimicus:
  • A. m. albiventris:
  • Russia (eastern coast of Sea of Azov to lower Don River)


Upright aquatic vegetation such as reeds and sedge.



Breeding starts from mid-April. A clutch of three to six eggs are laid and incubated for 14-15 days. Builds an untidy nest in low dense vegetation


Diet includes insects and water snails.



  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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