French: Rousserolle verderolle German: Sumpfrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero políglota
Motacilla s. Sylvia palustris
S England (local), S Scandinavia, N & E France and N Italy E to NW Kazakhstan, S to N Balkans, E Turkey and NW Iran; winters in SE Africa.
13 cm; 10–13 g (mean 11·9 g). Small, rather plump unstreaked reed-warbler with relatively long wings. Has short but quite distinct creamy supercilium, narrow... read more
Song distinctive, loud, a rich, warbling medley combining clear liquid trills, fluted phrases, bell... read more
Prefers rank, tufty and fairly tall herbage, especially nettles (Urtica), meadowsweet (... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small arthropods. Items taken in W part of range are mayflies (Ephemeroptera), damselflies (of families Coenagriidae,... read more
Season second half of May to Jul in W & C Europe; typically, one brood. Monogamous, with opportunistic polygyny. Nest built by female... read more
Migratory; non-breeding grounds in SE Africa. Leaves breeding grounds mainly from Aug, but some not... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. European population estimated as 3,200,000–6,800,000 pairs. Densities of 62·5–133 breeding pairs/10 ha estimated on small sample... read more
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