Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

OTHER NAMES: Reed Warbler
Latin Etymology: Acrocephalus ("topmost head") scirpaceus ("reed")
 Adult Eurasian Reed Warbler (subspecies A. s. scirpaceus) at Rainham Marshes, London - 2012

Featured Subspecies: Acrocephalus scirpaceus scirpaceus
Weight: 13g  /  Length: 12.5-14cm  /  Wingspan: 19cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Reed Warbler is comparatively one of the commoner species of Warbler in the UK, but given it's habitat it is generally quite a secretive species - if you see it there is a good chance it'll be flitting in and out of Reed beds. As with most warblers it is also a summer visitor, which means you only have a limited time frame each year to find them. However, in most suitable reed beds they can be fairly numerous and are less secretive than other commoner warblers.

Related Species:
Family: Acrocephalidae
Genus: Acrocephalus
Subspecies: A. s. sciraceus, A. s. fuscus

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Locally common Summer migrant (130,000 birds)
 - Birds seen at Rutland Water and Rainham Marshes.
SPAIN - Spanish - Carricero comĂșn ("Common Reed Warbler")
Summer migrant
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: A single bird seen in Laguna Campillo

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