Sedge Warbler identification features

Sedge Warbler

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Tawny back with light grey streaking
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Un-streaked tawny brown rump
Wide distinctive silver-white stripe over eye
Black and cream stripes on cap
Grasshopper Warbler
Finely streaked crown
Streaked pale olive-brown back and rump
Long wide rounded tail
Very distinctive song
Skulking bird, rarely seen in tall bushes/trees
Buff chest and white underside
Usually in reed beds
More brown body
Darkish legs
Distictive song
Reed Warbler
Note the darker flanks, white underside, broad eye strip and white under-tail.
Grasshopper Warbler
Sedge Warbler:
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
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Acrocephalidae

Genus: Acrocephalus

Species: A. schoenobaenus
Widespread summer visitor from Saharan Africa, breeding throughout the UK and Europe.
Preferred habitat is reed beds and associated scrub. Often seen singing from high wetland bushes such as Alder.
The Sedge Warbler is usually first seen singing boldly from a high perch near marshland, it's white eye stripe can appear very prominent in bright light conditions. Occasionally the bird will sing whilst fluttering upwards and then descending back to it's perch. Visually the Sedge Warblers patterned, streaked upper plumage differentiates it from other common warblers who share it's habitat.