Speckled Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus sorghophilus)

The Speckled Reed Warbler is a fascinating bird species commonly found throughout the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is known for its unique appearance, with a distinctive, speckled plumage that ranges from light brown to reddish-brown, with darker streaks across the back, wings, and tail.

This small bird has a body length of approximately 13 cm and weighs around 12 grams. Its beak is slender and pointed, which makes it easier for the bird to catch small insects and other invertebrates. The species is known for its distinct and melodious song, which is often used to communicate with other birds.

Speckled Reed Warblers are typically found in reed beds, marshes, and other wetland habitats, where they build their nests on or near the ground. They are highly territorial and will defend their nests against predators and other birds.

The bird's diet comprises mainly of insects, larvae, and small invertebrates found in and around the wetland habitats. They are active foragers and are known to flit among the reeds to catch their prey.

During the breeding season, male Speckled Reed Warblers are known for their spectacular courtship displays. They flit to and fro with their wings held high while delivering their melodious song. Once a pair is formed, the female lays a clutch of 3-6 eggs, which are incubated for around two weeks before hatching.

As a migratory species, Speckled Reed Warblers typically spend their winters in southeast Asia. They are relatively common and are not considered endangered. However, their habitat, i.e. wetlands is under threat due to increasing human activities such as pollution, urbanization, and agriculture. This can have a detrimental impact on the population of the species and other wetland-dependent bird species.

Overall, the Speckled Reed Warbler is a delightful and fascinating bird species that is an important contributor to the bio-diversity of wetland ecosystems. It is vital that we protect these habitats and ensure the survival of this and other bird species.

Other names

Acrocephalus sorghophilus



Speckled Reed Warbler

boscarla estriada



kineski trstenjak

rákosník čínský

Gulbuget Rørsanger

Chinese Rietzanger


Rousserolle sorghophile


Cannaiola striata


kanapinė nendrinukė


trzcinniczek smugowany


Просяная камышевка

Prugasti trstenjak

trsteniarik prosový

Carricerín estriado

streckad rörsångare

Çin Kındıra Kamışçını

очеретянка соргова



prosas ķauķis