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Birdwatching in Middle East

The Clamorous Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) is an Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus. It breeds from Egypt eastwards through Pakistan, Afghanistan and northernmost India to south China, southeast Asia and south to Australia. A. s. meridionalis is an endemic race in Sri Lanka.

Most populations are sedentary, but the breeding birds in Pakistan, Afghanistan and north India are migratory, wintering in peninsular India and Sri Lanka.

This passerine bird is a species found in large reed beds, often with some bushes. 3-6 eggs are laid in a basket nest in reeds.

Clamorous Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus stentoreus

Range map
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Nine subspecies are recorded.

• A. s. stentoreus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833)

• A. s. brunnescens (Jerdon, 1839)

• A. s. amyae Stuart Baker, 1922

• A. s. meridionalis (Legge, 1875)

• A. s. siebersi Salomonsen, 1928

• A. s. lentecaptus E. J. O. Hartert, 1924

• A. s. harterti Salomonsen, 1928

• A. s. celebensis Heinroth, 1903

• A. s. sumbae E. J. O. Hartert, 1924

Clamorous reed warbler is a large Song Thrush -sized warbler at 18–20 cm. The adult has an unstreaked brown back and whitish underparts. The forehead is flattened, and the bill is strong and pointed. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers. It is very like great reed warbler, but that species has richer coloured underparts. Sexes similar

Length: 18-20 cm
Wingspan: 21-24 cm
Weight: 22-31 g
Distinctive Feature
Similar Species

There are a number of races differing in plumage shades. The migratory northern race has the richest brown upperparts, and the endemic Sri Lanka subspecies is the darkest form.

Like most warblers, clamorous reed warbler is insectivorous, but will take other small prey items.

The song is loud and far carrying, but less raucous than great reed warbler. It is a slow, chattering kereet-kereet-kereet with typically acrocephaline whistles and mimicry added.

Listen to the Clamorous Reed Warbler

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy recorder. High Pass Filter in Audacity applied

Going back to the car after having been looking for birds along the water I hear the Clamorous Reed Warbler in the reeds. Spending 15 to 20 minutes to try to get a picture of the bird. But I have no luck and the bird stays in the reed

Conservation status
Clamorous Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus stentoreus
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 1 December 2018
Location: Ain al-Fayda, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Clamorous Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus stentoreus
Clamorous Reed Warbler - Ain al-Fayda, Abu Dhabi, UAE - 1 December 2018

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