French: Locustelle luscinioïde German: Rohrschwirl Spanish: Buscarla unicolor
Sister to L. fluviatilis#R; see also L. lanceolata. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. l. luscinioides
(Savi, 1824) – continental Europe S from S Baltic and E to C Urals, Crimea and Balkans, rarely in S & E England; also NW Africa (N Morocco E to N Tunisia), and perhaps this race in NW Turkey. Winters in W Africa (Senegal E to L Chad, S to N Ghana), probably also Sudan.
L. l. sarmatica
Kazakov, 1973 – E Ukraine (from about Kharkov and E shore of Sea of Azov) E to S Urals, Volga Valley and N foothills of Caucasus. Winters in NE Africa.
L. l. fusca
(Severtsov, 1873) – Asia Minor, Levant, N & S Kazakhstan (E from upper Emba Valley and Aral Sea), W China (W Xinjiang), Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, NE Iran, perhaps also NW Afghanistan; singing males recorded in NW Mongolia#R and suspected breeding in E Arabian Peninsula S to Oman#R. Winters in NE Africa.
13–13·5 cm; 12–21 g. A warmly coloured warbler with rounded tail and pointed wingtip. Nominate race has top and side of head and upperparts unstreaked dark... read more
Song a continuous reeling with hard, mechanical quality, carrying up to 500 m, introduced by series... read more
Marshes, fens and lake edges; reedbeds over shallow water, especially with underlayer or clear... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, including mayflies (Ephemeroptera), adult and larval damselflies and dragonflies (Odonata), small grasshoppers (Orthoptera... read more
Laying mainly mid-May to early Jul, but from late Apr in S Europe and early Apr in Levant; often double-brooded. Usually monogamous;... read more
Long-distance migrant. Entire population migrates to Africa: nominate race winters from Senegal E... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common, but breeding sites scattered, with wide gaps in distribution. Total population in Europe (excluding Russia) estimated... read more
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