The Reed Warbler is a medium-sized warbler, 12.5-14 cm in length. The adult has an unstreaked brown back and buff underparts. The forehead is flattened, and the bill is strong and pointed. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are richer buff below.


Habitat and Distribution

Reed Warblers breed across Europe into temperate western Asia. They are migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. They are found almost exclusively in reed beds, usually with some bushes.


Feeding

Like most warblers, it is insectivorous, but will take other small food items, including berries.


Breeding

The 3-5 eggs are laid in a basket nest in reeds. The chicks fledge after 10 or 11 days.


Calls and Songs

The song is a slow, chattering jit-jit-jit with typically acrocephaline whistles and mimicry added.