French: Rousserolle stentor German: Stentorrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero estentóreo
Hemprich and Ehrenberg
Dumyât, north Egypt
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. stentoreus
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) – Clamorous Reed-warbler – Egypt (including Sinai) and Levant.
A. s. brunnescens
(Jerdon, 1839) – Indian Reed-warbler – E Sudan, Eritrea, NW Somalia, Arabian Peninsula, and from SC Kazakhstan S to S Iraq and Iran and E to N Indian Subcontinent; non-breeding also peninsular India.
A. s. amyae
E. C. S. Baker, 1922 – NE India (plains of R Brahmaputra, in Assam) E to N Myanmar and S China (SE Xizang E to S Sichuan and Guizhou).
A. s. meridionalis
(Legge, 1875) – S India and Sri Lanka.
18–20 cm; 23–34 g (mean 28·8 g). A large plain reed-warbler with rather conspicuous supercilium. Nominate race has whitish supercilium, olive-brown lores,... read more
Song very loud, combines harsh grating and chattering sounds with sweeter notes and loud squeaks,... read more
Papyrus (Cyperus) stands, reeds (Phragmites) around lakes, ponds and along rivers... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects. Recorded items include dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata), mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera),... read more
Season Mar to late Jun in Egypt, Apr to end Jul in Israel, mid-May to Aug in Tajikistan, Mar–Aug in Indian Subcontinent (chiefly Jun... read more
Varies in different parts of range from sedentary to migratory. Nominate race mainly resident, with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in much of range; uncommon in Myanmar, uncommon in Philippines. Density 10–20 singing birds/ha in Nile Delta (nominate race... read more
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