Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)


Basra Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis)


French: Rousserolle d’Irak German: Basrarohrsänger Spanish: Carricero de Basora

Calamoherpe griseldis


, 1891,

Nguru, Kilosa, Tanzania


Has been treated as conspecific with A. arundinaceus, but morphology and vocalizations differ, and study based on mitochondrial DNA sequences supports treatment as separate species. Monotypic.


E Iraq (on lower R Euphrates and R Tigris) and in SW Iran (Shadegan marshes)#R; non-breeding E Africa from S Somalia S to Mozambique and Malawi. Recently recorded breeding in Kuwait (Jahra wetlands)#R and Israel (Hula Valley)#R.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 12–29 g (mean 17 g). A slim, medium-sized reed-warbler with long slender bill, relatively long wing, relatively short tail. Has quite prominent whitish... read more


Song “chuc-chuc-churruc-churruc-chuc”, similar to that of A. arundinaceus but... read more


Breeds in stands of reed (Phragmites), reedmace (Typha) and similar thick... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Diet mainly insects; probably much as for A. arundinaceus.


No information; presumably as A. arundinaceus.


Migratory. Winters in E Africa, from S Somalia and E Kenya S to C Mozambique (S to at least 17... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Mesopotamian Marshes EBA. Not much information on current breeding numbers; thought to have colonized Kuwait in mid-1990s.... read more

Recommended citation

Dyrcz, A. (2019). Basra Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis). 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 13 December 2019).