Sedge Warbler

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Ceolaire cíbe

Status: Widespread summer visitor to wetlands from April to September throughout Ireland

Conservation Concern: Green-listed in Ireland. The European population is considered to be Secure.

Identification: A typical small warbler, about the same size as a Robin. Ages and sexes are similar in appearance. A buffy-brown colour all over, paler on the underparts. The crown is black, with a broad beige supercilium extending to the nape. Has some faint dark streaking on the back. Juvenile birds may have some dark spotting on the breast, but do not differ otherwise from adults.

Similar Species: Reed Warbler and other warbler species.

Call: The main call is a quiet “tschick”. The song is a loud, excited mix of various phrases and which may include some mimicry of other bird songs.

Diet: Feeds almost exclusively on insects and other invertebrates.

Breeding: Sedge Warblers breed on the edge of wetlands, especially in areas of wet grassland. Tends to avoid extensive areas of reedbeds. Migrants (especially in spring) can occasionally turn up in atypical habitat such as woodland or suburban gardens and may sing for a short while.

Wintering: Sedge Warblers winter in western and southern Africa.

Where to See: Widespread in Ireland. The East Coast Nature Reserve is a reliable site to see Sedge Warblers in spring and summer.

Monitored by: Countryside Bird Survey. 

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