Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler

Scientific name: Acrocephalus palustris

Did you know: The Marsh Warbler is an outstanding mimic, incorporating the calls of over 75 different bird species into its song!

What Do Marsh Warblers Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Marsh Warblers are elusive songbirds, olive above and whiter below, with pale legs. They’re often confused with the Reed Warbler but stand out with their varied songs and active foraging in dense vegetation.

Differences Between Male And Female Marsh Warblers

Male and female Marsh Warblers are visually indistinguishable. Both genders share the same subtle plumage and build.

What Do Marsh Warblers Eat?

These insectivorous warblers have a diet primarily consisting of insects, enhanced occasionally by berries in the autumn. Their foraging tactics involve gleaning insects from foliage and occasionally catching them mid-air.

Where Do Marsh Warblers Live? (Including Migration Info)

Marsh Warblers visit the UK in summertime, with their numbers being worryingly low. They prefer damp habitats with shrubs and dense vegetation. Remarkably, they migrate to southeast Africa for wintering, traversing vast distances annually.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Marsh Warblers)

The Marsh Warbler is a virtuoso singer, known for its highly imitative and varied song. Each male has a unique melody, incorporating the calls of various bird species encountered across Europe and Africa.

Fun Marsh Warbler Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Marsh Warblers can mimic the calls of up to 75 other bird species!
  • They journey thousands of miles between Europe and Africa every year.
  • Marsh Warblers are adept at blending into their surroundings, making them tricky to spot.
  • They have a knack for building their nests in dense, marshy vegetation.
  • Despite their talent for mimicry, these warblers are rarely seen or heard in the UK.

Facts About The Marsh Warbler

Diet: Insects, and occasionally berries in autumn.
Bird Family: Warblers
Length: 13-15cm
Wingspan: 18-21cm
Weight: 10-15g
Scientific Name: Acrocephalus palustris

The Marsh Warbler Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

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Hatchling
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Nestling
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