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Conservation status: Green

The sedge warbler is a small, quite plump, warbler with a striking broad creamy stripe above its eye, and greyish brown legs. It is brown above with blackish streaks and creamy white underneath. It is a summer visitor, and winters in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. Its song is a noisy, rambling warble compared to the more rhythmic song of the reed warbler.



Latin name

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus


Warblers and allies (Sylviidae)

Where to see them

Found across the UK. A good place to try in summer is near a reedbed or a damp wetland, particularly near dawn and dusk when sedge warblers are most active. Look for singing birds perched on the outside of a bush.

When to see them

Mid-April to mid-October.

What they eat

Insects; berries in autumn


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
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Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto