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Birding Málaga


Common name Great reed warbler
Scientific name Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Type Waterbirds
Status Summer

Bird of small size (about 20 cm or 8 in) but large among warblers and more robust looking. Plumage of uniform brown tones. Rufous back and underparts and breast of more lightened or yellowish tones. Large bill.



Where it lives

Species linked to extensive reedbeds and bulrush in warm areas with plenty of  marsh vegetation. Lagoons and marshes with wide margins, channels and rivers of slow current.

How it lives

Summer bird that breeds scarcely in Malaga. It can also be observed in migratory passage. Monogamous and very territorial. This warbler breeds from the end of May. Nest in the shape of a basket among reeds. Laying of 3 to 6 eggs. Insectivore that also consumes vegetable matter in autumn and winter.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

In the province of Malaga it breeds in the lower courses of the main rivers and reservoir ends (especially in the Guadalhorce fertile plain) and is frequent in the wetlands of Marbella-Estepona. The best populations are found in the region of Antequera (Campillos and Fuente de Piedra lagoons).

Curious facts

Reed warblers are birds that have a conical head ("Acrocephalus") and that can be inhabitants of reed beds of Arundo dunax ("arundinaceus") or of reed beds of thin reeds of Phragmites australis ("scirpaceus"). What its Latin name does is explaining the type of habitat they prefer.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration