Savi's Warbler Locustella lusciniodes
Long powerful well rounded tail, which is dark underneath
Slightly larger than a Reed Warbler
Mobile bird identification
Not usually in reed beds
Different song but can mimic.
Faint pale line over eye
Curved outer edge to closed wings
Long flat head, long slender bill
Head comparision of similar warblers
Savi's Warbler showing pink legs, white chin, dark under-tale, you can just make out the curved outer edge of wings.
Great Reed Warbler
Adult Male and Female
Rare summer visitor; As few as 2 pair breeding in a small area of SE England, and estimate of only 500 pair breeding in scattered areas across central Europe. Sometimes appears in UK as a passage migrant.
Preferred habitat is extensive wet reed beds.
Although from a different Genus, the Savi's Warbler is very similar to the Reed Warbler and can be difficult to separate especially as they share the same habitat. The birds distinctive song is the best method of identification, along with the dark under-tail feathers, curved outer wing edge and pink legs.
Species: L. luscinioides