Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)

Least Concern

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)


French: Phragmite des joncs German: Schilfrohrsänger Spanish: Carricerín común

Motacilla Schoenobaenus


, 1758,

southern Sweden


Has hybridized with A. palustris#R and A. scirpaceus#R. Size increases clinally from SW to NE; in Norway, N populations ecologically distinct from S ones. Monotypic.


Europe (except S & SW) E to W Siberia (E to R Yenisey), Turkey, Caucasus and Kazakhstan; winters in sub-Saharan Africa (except SW).

Descriptive notes

12·5–13 cm; 8·1–17·9 g (mean 11·2 g). A small, slim, buff and brown warbler with bluntly pointed wing, round-cornered tail. Has distinct... read more


Song, delivered from an exposed perch with intermittent song flights, is a loud and vigorous medley... read more


Variety of low dense vegetation, often near water or in moist depressions, including shore... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and their larvae; also spiders (Araneae), harvestmen (Opiliones), small slugs and snails; earthworms and some plant materials... read more


Laying mainly from end Apr in W Europe, from early May in C Europe and from mid-May in S Finland. Chiefly monogamous, with 0–17... read more


Migratory. Entire population winters in sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal E to Ethiopia and S to N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Listed as a Species of European Conservation Concern, because more than half of its global range is in Europe. Widespread on the... read more

Recommended citation

Dyrcz, A. (2020). Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus). 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 30 March 2020).