French: Rousserolle africaine German: Gartenrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero Africano
Other common names:
South African Reed-warbler (baeticatus),
Rufescent African Reed-warbler,
Cinnamon African Reed-warbler,
Tropical African Reed-warbler,
African Marsh Warbler (other races)
Knysna district, south-east Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. b. guiersi
Colston & Morel, 1984 – N Senegal.
A. b. cinnamomeus
Reichenow, 1908 – S Senegal, S Mali, E Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Chad, and W & S Sudan E to W & C Ethiopia and S Somalia, and S to N & SE DRCongo, E Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
A. b. avicenniae
Ash et al., 1989 – mangroves of coastal Sudan, Eritrea, W Arabia and N Somalia.
A. b. hallae
C. M. N. White, 1960 – SW Angola E to SW Zambia, S to Namibia, W & SW Botswana and W South Africa.
A. b. suahelicus
Grote, 1926 – coastal Tanzania S (mainly in mangroves) to E Mozambique and NE South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
A. b. baeticatus
(Vieillot, 1817) – N Botswana and Zimbabwe S to S & SE South Africa.
12–13 cm; 8·8–12 g (mean 10·3 g). A small unstreaked reed-warbler with short, round-tipped wing. Nominate race has indistinct whitish supercilium,... read more
Song, usually from concealed perch, a rhythmic series of repeated grating and squeaky notes, such... read more
Breeds mainly in marshy or moist habitat, such as reeds (Phragmites), reedmace (Typha... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous. Forages mainly at medium height or low down among reeds, sedges and papyrus, or within bushes, hedges, dry herbaceous growth... read more
Breeds mainly during rains, Jun–Jul in Senegal, Sept–Oct in W Sudan, Jan in CE Africa, Feb in Zambia, Sept–Jan in Namibia... read more
Some populations are chiefly migratory. Most South African breeders move N in May, returning in Aug... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Locally common; numbers generally small in N part of breeding range, while widespread and more numerous in S Africa. In Namibia, breeds in “islands... read more
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