Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)

Latin Etymology: Acrocephalus ("topmost head") orientalis ("of the orient")
Adult Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalisat Florican Grasslands, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ? 
Featured Subspecies: None - monotypic
Weight: 18-47g
Length: 18-20cm
Wingspan: 23-26cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

While the name I'd heard in advance made me imagine another small reed-type warbler, this is actually a recent split from the Great Reed Warbler - a giant amongst warblers more on the scale of a redwing - far far bigger than any resident warbler of the UK.  It is highly migratory, breeding in Mongolia, North-East China, Korea, Japan and Siberia, and wintering in South-East Asia where I saw it.   

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Acrocephalidae
Genus: Acrocephalus
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - A non-breeding migrant.
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - One seen at Florican Grassland Reserve

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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