Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus is resident or breeder in series of disjunct ranges from Egypt to Solomon Islands. In China, amyae is local and uncommon resident in Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou. Breeds in reedbeds. In amyae, narrow whitish supercilium barely extends behind eye; has brown loral stripe and a less well-defined eye-stripe behind eye. Fairly uniform olive-brown from crown to tail. Underparts gingery buff with bright brownish wash on breast and flanks and white on throat and belly. Throat may show fine grey streaking. Oriental and great reed warbler usually have darker streaking on throat and have whitish tips to tail feathers. Bill brown above, pink below, darker at tip; feet brownish-grey. Song similar to Oriental’s but more melodious. — Craig Brelsford

THE REED WARBLERS OF CHINA covers most of the species in China in the family Acrocephalidae. Click any link:

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Oriental Reed Warbler A. orientalis
Clamorous Reed Warbler A. stentoreus
Black-browed Reed Warbler A. bistrigiceps
Moustached Warbler A. melanopogon
Sedge Warbler A. schoenobaenus
Speckled Reed Warbler A. sorghophilus
Blunt-winged Warbler A. concinens
Manchurian Reed Warbler A. tangorum
Paddyfield Warbler A. agricola
Blyth’s Reed Warbler A. dumetorum
Eurasian Reed Warbler A. scirpaceus
Thick-billed Warbler Arundinax aedon
Booted Warbler Iduna caligata
Sykes’s Warbler I. rama
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler I. pallida


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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