Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)


Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola)


French: Phragmite aquatique German: Seggenrohrsänger Spanish: Carricerín cejudo

Sylvia paludicola


, 1817,

Lorraine and Picardy, north-east France


Normally considered probably closest to A. melanopogon, although genetic data are contradictory on this point#R#R. Monotypic.


NE Germany–Poland border (lower R Oder) E, very locally, to Lithuania, SW & S Belarus and NW & N Ukraine; distribution in E & S of range imprecisely known but the overall breeding range has contracted significantly during recent decades#R. Winters in W Africa S of Sahara.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 9·8–15·5 g. Secretive warbler with characteristic striped head pattern, bluntly pointed wing. Has long pale supercilium, dark lateral crownstripe,... read more


Song, from perch or in flight, mostly in evening (up to dusk), a churring “trrrrr”... read more


Preferred habitat is open, eutrophic marshes dominated by sedge (Carex) up to 80 cm tall... read more

Food and feeding

Following items recorded in diet: spiders (Araneae), dragonflies (Odonata), grasshoppers and other orthopterans, earwigs (Dermaptera),... read more


In studies in NE Poland, earliest clutch started 9th May, mean first-egg date in consecutive years between 15th and 22nd May, second broods... read more


Migratory. C European populations migrate SW in autumn to wintering grounds in W Sahelian wetlands... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Probably c. 80% of world population concentrated in relatively small area comprising valleys of R Biebrza (NE Poland), R Yaselda (SW Belarus) and R Pripyat (NW... read more

Recommended citation

Dyrcz, A., Christie, D.A., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2019).