French: Rousserolle turdoïde German: Drosselrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero tordal
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. arundinaceus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Europe (except NW & N), NW Africa, Levant and Turkey E to Volga Basin, Caucasus and Caspian Sea; winters in sub-Saharan Africa.
A. a. zarudnyi
E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 – N Iraq and N Iran, and from R Volga and Caspian Sea E to NW Mongolia and S to Tajikistan and NW China (W Xinjiang); probably this race in Arabian Peninsula#R. Winters in sub-Saharan Africa.
19–20 cm; 22–31 g (mean 27·2 g). A large unstreaked reed-warbler with relatively heavy bill, moderately rounded tail feathers. Nominate race has diffuse,... read more
Advertising song a rhythmic series of frog-like sounds, “karra-karra-karra gurk gurk gurk... read more
Breeds chiefly in beds of reed (Phragmites), locally in stands of reedmace (Typha... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, also spiders (Araneae), some snails, and small vertebrates; rarely, fruit and berries outside breeding season. Recorded... read more
Laying from mid-May to July (peak late May and early Jun) in W & C Europe, from early May in S Europe; chiefly one brood per season,... read more
Migratory; winters sub-Saharan Africa from Sierra Leone and Liberia E to S Ethiopia, S to Namibia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather numerous in much of range; local breeder in small numbers in NW Africa (N Morocco, N Algeria, N Tunisia). European population... read more
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