Adult Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Long powerful tail, slightly rounded, dark brown
Marsh Warbler (Rare)
Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Play call/song
Not usually in reed beds
More grey brown body
Pale yellowish legs
Different song but can mimic.
Large Brown bird with rufous-buff underside
White throat with hint of grey streaking
Big thick dark tipped bill
Savi's Warbler (Rare)
Flatter head
Shorter wings
Faint eye stripe
Dark undertail
Curved outer edge to closed wings
Head comparision of similar warblers
Large bird up to 20cm long
Usually in reed beds
More brown body
Darkish legs
Distictive song
Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Savi's Warbler
Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler head detail
Reed Warbler head detail
Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Savi's Warbler head detail
Savi's Warbler
Great Reed Warbler head detail
Great Reed Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Mostly red brown
Pale grey underside
Long often cocked tail
Distinctive eye stripe
Cetti's Warbler
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Similar Species
Adult Male and Female
At 5 cm longer than a Reed Warbler the Great Reed Warbler is the largest warbler in Europe. Easily distinguished by it's sheer size and loud raucous song, best described as alternating croaking, whistling and warbling.
Preferred habitat is wet reed beds in ditches or by rivers.
Rare vagrant to the UK, most likely to appear in May or June. More common breeding bird in Europe, were it is a summer visitor from Africa.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Acrocephalidae

Genus: Acrocephalus

Species: A. arundinaceus