Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

The Sedge Warbler bird, also known as Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, is a small passerine bird found across Europe, Asia, and Africa. This species is known for its complex and melodious song, which it often sings from a hidden position in dense vegetation.

Sedge Warblers are small, plump birds that measure around 12-14 cm in length. The species has a brownish-grey back and a distinctive pale eyebrow stripe. Its wings and tail are dark brown, and its belly is white with brown streaks. Sedge Warblers have a pointed bill and relatively long legs, which make them well adapted for their preferred habitat of wetland areas, such as reedbeds, willow trees, and marshes.

The Sedge Warbler is a migratory bird, spending the winter months in sub-Saharan Africa before returning to breed in Europe and Asia between April and July. During this time, males create two or three different nests to attract as many females as possible. The nests are built within dense vegetation, close to the ground, and typically contain a carefully woven dome of grass stems and other materials.

Sedge Warblers primarily feed on insects, including moths, beetles, flies, and spiders, which they catch on the wing or pick from leaves and stems. In winter, they supplement their diet with seeds and fruit. These birds are considered omnivorous, meaning that they will eat almost anything that is small enough to fit in their beaks.

The Sedge Warbler's voice is its most notable characteristic. The species is known for its extensive repertoire of songs, which can last for several minutes and include rapid, complex notes, and trills. The male's song is used to defend its territory and attract a mate, while the female's song is used to establish its nesting territory.

Despite their small size and unassuming appearance, Sedge Warblers play an important role in wetland ecosystems. They help to control insect populations, disperse seeds, and provide an important food source for predators such as birds of prey and mammals. The species is generally considered to be of least concern when it comes to conservation status, although wetland habitat loss is a potential threat to populations in some areas.

Other names

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus



Sedge Warbler

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trstenjak rogožar

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Phragmite des joncs


Forapaglie comune


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Trstenjak rogožar

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Carricerín común


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Europese Vleisanger


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