Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)

Least Concern

Oriental Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)


French: Rousserolle d’Orient German: Chinarohrsänger Spanish: Carricero oriental

Salicaria turdina orientalis

Temminck and Schlegel

, 1847,



Often considered conspecific with A. arundinaceus, but recent studies support treatment as distinct species, and also suggest that it is more likely to have derived from A. stentoreus. Monotypic.


C Mongolia and SE Russia (SW Transbaikalia E to lower R Amur) S to N & E China (E from Gansu, S to Fujian), Korea, Sakhalin and Japan; winters mainly in SE Asia to Greater Sundas, Philippines and Wallacea.

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm; 18–47 g (mean in one study 25·5 g). Has distinct whitish supercilium, dark eyestripe; dark patch on lores variable in extent, often just a spot... read more


Song, delivered from exposed perch (top of reed or bush, or even wire, roof or TV antenna close to... read more


Mainly beds of reed (Phragmites) beside lakes, coastal marshes, estuaries, along rivers... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and arachnids, and some small water snails; occasional small vertebrates. Nestling diet in Japan (Honshu) mayflies (Ephemeroptera... read more


Season mainly May–Jul; average first-egg dates in C Japan and NE China 3rd–15th Jun. Generally monogamous, but 15·8... read more


Migratory; winters mainly from SE Asia to Sumatra and Borneo and in Philippines, apparently... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common; locally very abundant, e.g. in Japan (Honshu). Densities of 10–24 territorial males/ha in small sample plots in... read more

Recommended citation

Dyrcz, A. & de Juana, E. (2019). Oriental Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 October 2019).