French: Locustelle fluviatile German: Schlagschwirl Spanish: Buscarla fluvial
Other common names:
Eurasian River Warbler
River Danube, Austria
C & E Europe (E from S Finland, S Sweden, W Germany, E Austria and Bulgaria) E to SW Siberia (R Irtysh region) and NW Kazakhstan; winters in SC & SE Africa.
14 cm; 13–19 g (up to 23 g before migration). A plain-backed, dark brown warbler with broad graduated tail, long bulky-looking undertail-coverts, and long pointed... read more
Song a high-pitched, throbbing, insect-like “dzi-dzi-dzi-dzi-dzi-dzi…”; contact-... read more
Breeds in dense low vegetation, grass thickets, nettles (Urtica) and tangled herbage in... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects; also spiders (Araneae), small ticks (Acarina), millipedes (Diplopoda), small molluscs. Forages while creeping among low... read more
Laying end of May to mid-Jul in E Europe; single-brooded. Monogamous; solitary and territorial, but may nest in groups. Nest a loose cup of... read more
Long-distance migrant. Migrates to E & S Africa: to SE Kenya, and Zambia, Malawi, N & E... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally distributed, but common in parts of range. European population (excluding Russia) estimated in 1990s at c. 352,000–448,000 pairs, with... read more
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