Manchurian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus tangorum)

The Manchurian Reed Warbler is a small and unassuming bird from the reed beds of Asia. Its scientific name is Acrocephalus tangorum, and it belongs to the family of Acrocephalidae. The full name of the bird is derived from its original habitat of Northern Manchuria, which is a region situated between the Russian Far East and Northeast China.

This bird species measures about 13-14cm in length and has a brownish-grey back, with streaks of darker brown on the wings and a touch of reddish-brown on its sides. It has a white throat, a rather short bill, and a predominantly creamy lower body. The male and female have a similar appearance, with a brighter male plumage during the breeding season. While the bill color turns dark in the breeding phase, it appears pale in the non-breeding phase.

The natural habitat of the Manchurian Reed Warbler is restricted to vast expanses of reed beds, particularly near freshwater bodies like lakes, swamps, marshes, and streams. They are prevalent in the northeastern parts of China, Japan's northern islands, Korea, and Russia. Surprisingly, the species is unusual because it is green and leaf-like, making it challenging to spot amidst the reeds. The brown, green and cream colors all work together to make this bird blend perfectly into the background. It has excellent camouflage, and its secretive behavior makes it quite hard to see.

Additionally, the Manchurian Reed Warbler has a distinctive call, consisting of a repeated thrush sound, a harsh "jitt", and a prolonged "siiir". They sing rather melodiously among other birds during the mating season, and most birding enthusiasts locate them using their sound. They feed on insects caught in flight or by skulking through the vegetation, and they breed between May and August.

However, the Manchurian Reed Warbler's population is under threat due to urbanization, habitat destruction, and agricultural practices. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed them as a species of 'Least Concern,' but their future still looks uncertain.

Overall, the Manchurian Reed Warbler is an intriguing bird species that has evolved naturally not to attract attention and maintain its status as a unique wonder of nature.

Other names

Acrocephalus tangorum



Manchurian Reed Warbler

boscarla de Manxúria



mandžurski trstenjak

rákosník mandžuský


Mantsjoerijse Veldrietzanger


Rousserolle mandchoue


Cannaiola della Manciuria


mandžiūrinė nendrinukė


trzcinniczek mandżurski


Маньчжурская камышевка

Mandžurski trstenjak

trsteniarik mandžuský

Carricerín manchú


Mançurya Kamışçını

очеретянка маньчжурська

mandžuuria roolind

mandzsúriai nádiposzáta

Mandžūrijas ķauķis