Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)

Endangered

Basra Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis)


Taxonomy

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

Calamoherpe griseldis

Hartlaub

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

No information; presumably as A. arundinaceus.

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58808 on 16 February 2019).