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Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)


The Great Reed Warbler is the largest of all warblers, measuring between 19 and 20 cm long, with an approximate wingspan of 25 to 30 cm. This bird, apart from its size, can be identified by its large black bill, white eyebrow stripes (although these may be difficult to see) and long tail. Both sexes look the same, with brown heads, wings and tails, and white underparts.Male Great Reed Warblers have been observed to communicate with a two song types, short songs about 1 second and long songs for 4 s. Long songs primarily used by males to attract females, and cease when the female arrives, whilst short songs are used in territorial encounters with rival mates


True to its name, the Great Reed Warbler prefers reed bed habitats above all else. Particularly, it likes tall, thick reeds near open water. In winter, aside from reed beds it may be found in bush thickets, wet rice fields and forest clearings.


As with most warblers, this one feeds mainly on insects, as well as spiders and other small invertebrates. It may also supplement this with fruits and berries.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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