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(European) Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Size: 12-14cm
UK Status: common migrant breader


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Fairly non-descript brown warbler with pale-buff underparts. Crown and nape tends to be slightly greyer than rust-brown rump area. Faint pale eyestripe. Very similar appearance to Marsh Warbler, best distinguished by song and/or habitat. Reed Warbler has flatter, more sloping forehead which accentuates the slightly longer length of its bill. Also legs marginally darker than Marsh Warbler. Mostly found amoung reedbeds where it virtually always breeds. Can be skulky but sometimes delivers song boldly perched on reeds. Summer visitor to England, Wales and most of Europe.

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