Reed Warbler identification

Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Dark brown or greyish legs
Long powerful tail
Thin pale eye ring
Similar Species
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.
Great Reed Warbler (Rare)
Broad orange-pink bill
Pale lemon underside
Grey legs
Faint pale line over eye
Large head
Long square tail
Brown bird with light buff underside
White throat
Reed Warbler
Round head
Savi's Warbler (Rare)
Flatter head
Shorter wings
Faint eye stripe
Dark undertail
Curved outer edge to closed wings
Marsh Warbler
Savi's Warbler
Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler head detail
Marsh Warbler head detail
Savi's Warbler head detail
Great Reed Warbler head detail
Great Reed Warbler
Head comparision of similar warblers
Savi's Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Typical pose of a reed warbler, note rufous rump colour a little brighter than back, long wing feathers with pale fringes, well defined eye stripe, long slim bill and white throat, this birds tail is unusually square, usually slightly rounded.
Cetti's Warbler
Mostly red brown
Pale grey underside
Long often cocked tail
Distinctive eye stripe
Cetti's Warbler
Warbler Menu
Adult Male and Female
Common summer visitor, breeding in Southern England and Wales and most of Europe.
Preferred habitat is extensive wet reed beds.
The Reed warbler is very similar to other rarer warblers and is best distinguished by it's song, although that can vary slightly from location to location. A difficult bird to see but easy to hear, patience will usually be rewarded when the bird climbs to the top of a reed to look around. Although the birds primary habitat is reed beds it can sometimes be found in other locations, making it difficult to distinguish from the Marsh Warbler.

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Acrocephalidae

Genus: Acrocephalus

Species: A. scirpaceus