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Marsh Warbler

Acrocephalus palustris

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

BTO 2

MW

BTO 5

MARWA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Red Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Marsh Warbler occurs as a very rare breeder in southern Englad, and as a rare migrant. It has a "Red" status because of its small, localised breeding population.

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Overview

Marsh Warbler: Small, Robin-sized warbler. Dull, olive-brown upperparts with black edging to feathers in wings. Thin, black line through eye and broken, pale brown eye ring and lores. White throat, rest underparts pale buff. Legs yellow-pink. Bill yellow-orange below,and dark grey above.


Range and Habitat

Marsh Warbler: Former resident breeder, now rare summer breeder in England. Grounds are likely restricted to south-eastern England near Kent. Arrives at breeding grounds in late spring or early summer. Winters in east Africa. Prefers scrub areas of dense vegetation with tall bushes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chirr", "tchak", "tue", "tweek", "weet-weet-weet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Marsh Warbler likely has a secure population within Europe, however the UK population has fallen and is of serious conservation concern.
  • Vagrants of this species have been recorded as far away from each other as Iceland and Madeira.
  • This warbler is an excellent mimic and on average incorporates the songs of 31 European and 45 African species into its repertoire.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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