Australian Reed-warbler

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©Bob Winters

Acrocephalus australis


Small bird, up to 17 cm. Average weight 18 g. Plain olive-brown above, with white underparts tinged golden-orange. Has a pale eyebrow. Both sexes are similar. The species is more often heard than seen, but can be observed climbing reeds and other water vegetation. Makes short low flights across the water.


Details
Type
Bird
Group
Animals
Warbler
Biology

Breeding season: September to February. Clutch size is three to four. Builds a deep cup nest with a narrow top opening in amongst dense reeds. Made from dry reeds and other water plants woven together and lined with fine dry grass and feathers. Females incubate the eggs.

Distinctive Markings

Not steaked like other grassbirds.

Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Species
australis

The Australian Reed-Warbler is sedentary in the north and migratory in the south, moving north to breed.


Interesting Facts
Diet

Carnivore. Feeds on a variety of insects.

Habitat

Found in dense vegetation alongside water, especially in thick reed beds, as well as tall crops and bamboo thickets.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Audio
Sounds
A rich, melodious song, "twitchee-twitchee-twitchee-quarty-quarty-quarty". Also loud sharp "chat" and scolding calls.