Adult Savi's Warbler

Savi's Warbler

Locustella lusciniodes
Pinkish legs
Long powerful well rounded tail, which is dark underneath
Slightly larger than a Reed Warbler
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
Curved outer edge to closed wings
White throat
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.
Savi's Warbler:
Reed Warbler
Usually in reed beds
More brown body
Darkish legs
Distictive song
Marsh Warbler
Great Reed 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
Warbler Menu
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.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Locustellidae

Genus: Locustella

Species: L. luscinioides