Reed Warbler

Reed Wrabler, Kleine Karekiet, Teichrohrsänger, Rouxinol-pequeno-dos-caniços, Carricero Común

Spotted in the Alentejo region of Portugal.                          Reed Warbler sound

The Eurasian Reed Warbler, or just Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus, is an Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus. It breeds across Europe into temperate western Asia. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.

Reed Warbler, Kleine Karekiet, Teichrohrsänger, Rouxinol-pequeno-dos-caniços, Carricero Común

This small passerine bird is a species found almost exclusively in reed beds, usually with some bushes. The 3-5 eggs are laid in a basket nest in reeds. The chicks fledge after 10 or 11 days. This species is usually monogamous.

The Reed Warbler is one of the species that are brood parasitised by the Common Cuckoo.

This is a medium-sized warbler, 12.5-14 cm in length. The adult has an unstreaked brown back and buff underparts. The forehead is flattened, and the bill is strong and pointed. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are richer buff below. Like most warblers, it is insectivorous, but will take other small food items including berries.

The song is a slow, chattering jit-jit-jit with typically acrocephaline whistles and mimicry added.

Other synonyms:

Afrikaans: Hermanse Rietsanger
Asturian: Carricera
Catalan: Boscarla de canyar, Buscarla de canyar
Catalan (Balears): Buscarla de canyar
Czech: Rákosník obecný
Welsh: Telor y cyrs
Danish: Rørsanger
German: Teichrohrsänger, Teichrohrsänger-scirpaceus
English: Eastern Reed-Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Eurasian Reed-Warbler, European Reed Warbler, Reed warbler, Western Eurasian Reed-Warbler
Esperanto: kanbirdo
Spanish: Carricero Comun, Carricero Común
Estonian: Tiigi-roolind
Basque: Lezkari arrunta
Finnish: Rytikerttunen
Faroese: Royljómari
French: Rousserolle effarvatte
Irish: ceolaire giolcaí
Gaelic: Cuilceag
Galician: Folosa das canaveira
Icelandic: Sefsöngvari
Italian: Cannaiola
Japanese: yo-roppayoshikiri
Cornish: Telor cors
Latin: Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Acrocephalus scirpaceus crassirostris, Acrocephalus scirpaceus scirpaceus, Acrocephalus scirpaceus strepera, Notiocichla scirpacea, Sollicitus scirpaceus scirpaceus
Dutch: Kleine Karekiet
Norwegian: Rørsanger
Polish: Trzcinniczek, trzcinniczek zwyczajny
Portuguese: Rouxinol-pequeno-dos-caniços
Romansh: Channarel da puz
Slovak: Trsteniarik bahenný
Albanian: Bilbilthi i kallamave
Swedish: Rörsångare
Swahili: Shoro-matete
Turkish: Saz Bülbülü


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Guided Birdwatching in the Alentejo region of Portugal