French: Rousserolle des cannes German: Papyrusrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero rufo
Sharpe and Bouvier
Landana, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. senegalensis
Colston & Morel, 1985 – Senegal and Gambia.
A. r. rufescens
(Sharpe & Bouvier, 1876) – Ghana, S Togo, S Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Bioko, N Central African Republic and NW DRCongo; possibly SW Mali#R.
A. r. chadensis
(Alexander, 1907) – L Chad environs.
A. r. ansorgei
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1906) – NW Angola, and S Sudan S to Uganda, Rwanda and adjacent E DRCongo, W Kenya, Zambia, NE Namibia (part of Caprivi Strip), extreme N Botswana and W Zimbabwe.
16–18 cm; male average 23·9 g, female average 21·6 g. A rather large, dull-looking reed-warbler. Nominate race has pale lores, poorly defined greyish supercilium; dark... read more
Song loud and throaty, of varied phrases 1–2 seconds long, each consisting of 3–5... read more
Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) swamps, reedbeds, reedmace (Typha) stands, wet elephant... read more
Food and feeding
Insects; also small frogs. Observed to feed nestlings with beetle larvae (Coleoptera), larvae of noctuid moths (Lepidoptera), also... read more
Laying May–Jul in Senegal, Apr–Oct in Nigeria, Mar–Apr, Jul and Oct–Dec in Kenya, Oct–Feb in Zambia, Feb in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather scarce to locally common. Has large range but very patchy distribution. Density of c. 100 pairs/9 ha of papyrus swamp in W Zimbabwe.
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