French: Lusciniole à moustaches German: Mariskenrohrsänger Spanish: Carricerín real
near Rome, Italy
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. melanopogon
(Temminck, 1823) – S Europe from Spain E to E Ukraine (Kharkov) and W Turkey, and NW Africa. Winters within and S of breeding range, chiefly in Mediterranean region.
A. m. albiventris
(Kazakov, 1974) – shores of Sea of Azov, lower R Don and Krasnodar area (SE Ukraine and adjacent S Russia). Winters probably in the Middle East.
A. m. mimicus
(Madarász, 1903) – S & E Turkey, Levant, E Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, S Russia (lower R Volga) and Iran E to E Kazakhstan; perhaps W & N Afghanistan. Winters in S Caspian Sea, S Turkmenistan and from Middle East to SE Afghanistan and NW Indian Subcontinent.
12–13 cm; 8·5–13 g. Rather bright, with strong head pattern. Nominate race has blackish-brown crown, square-ended buff-white supercilium, dusky ear-coverts... read more
Song, typically from reed top, a prolonged scratchy medley with characteristic richly fluted... read more
Low aquatic vegetation, especially reedbeds, but also rush stands, sedges, reedmace (Typha... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively small arthropods in size range 2–5 mm; especially small beetles (Coleoptera), but also springtails (Collembola),... read more
Laying late Mar to mid-Jun in Europe; two broods. Monogamous; case of probable polyandry in S Russia (race albiventris), where two... read more
In Europe sedentary, partially migratory and migratory. Birds from N part of breeding winter within... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. European population estimated at 150,000–300,000 pairs, including 10,000–30,000 pairs in Danube Delta and c. 9000 pairs... read more
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