Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Eurasian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) - HBW 11, p. 620

French: Rouserolle effarvatte German: Teichrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero Común
Other common names: Reed Warbler, Common/European Reed-warbler

Taxonomy: Turdus scirpaceus Hermann, 1804, Alsace, France.
Belongs to a probably monophyletic group of small plain-coloured species that also includes A. baeticatus, A. dumetorum and A. palustris, along with the closely related A. agricola superspecies (comprising also A. tangorum and A. concinens). Has been considered conspecific with A. baeticatus, but generally regarded as distinct because of different migratory behaviour and associated wing structure; DNA studies suggest that race avicenniae of A. baeticatus should perhaps be placed within present species. Race fuscus possibly .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Turdus scirpaceus Hermann, 1804, Alsace, France.
Belongs to a probably monophyletic group of small plain-coloured species that also includes A. baeticatus, A. dumetorum and A. palustris, along with the closely related A. agricola superspecies (comprising also A. tangorum and A. concinens). Has been considered conspecific with A. baeticatus, but generally regarded as distinct because of different migratory behaviour and associated wing structure; DNA studies suggest that race avicenniae of A. baeticatus should perhaps be placed within present species. Race fuscus possibly a separate species. Two cases of hybrids with A. arundinaceus recently reported from Germany and Belgium; has hybridized with A. palustris in England. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • scirpaceus (Hermann, 1804) - breeds Europe E to W Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, lower R Kuban and W Asia Minor, also NW Africa; non-breeding sub-Saharan Africa.
  • fuscus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) - breeds E Asia Minor, Cyprus and Levant, and from N Caspian area E to SE Kazakhstan and extreme NW China (W Xinjiang), S to NW, C & E Iran and NW Afghanistan; non-breeding Africa.