Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Scientific name: Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Did you know: The Sedge Warbler is a master mimic, creatively adding random phrases into its song, never repeating the same tune twice!

What Do Sedge Warblers Look Like? (how to identify them)

Sedge Warblers are charming little warblers, sporting a cream stripe above their eyes and grey and brown legs. Their upper bodies are dressed in brown with black-coloured streaks, while their undersides are a clean, creamy white. These birds are distinguished summer visitors to the UK, retreating to Africa, south of the Sahara, during winter. 

Their song is a delightful, rambling warble, distinct from the more rhythmic melody of the Reed Warbler.

Differences Between Male And Female Sedge Warblers

Interestingly, both male and female Sedge Warblers share a similar plumage, making it a bit tricky to tell them apart visually. 

However, during the breeding season, subtle physical differences such as a brood patch in females or a cloacal protuberance in males can be observed.

What Do Sedge Warblers Eat?

The diet of Sedge Warblers is primarily made up of insects, with a seasonal twist of berries during autumn. These little birds are adept hunters, catching mayflies, dragonflies, and even small grasshoppers, enhancing their diet with elderberries and blackberries when available.

Where Do Sedge Warblers Live? (inc. migration info)

Sedge Warblers make their summer homes across the UK, choosing the lush environment of wetlands and marshes for breeding. They are migratory birds, embarking on an impressive journey to sub-Saharan Africa for the winter. 

Their migration path is finely tuned to their breeding locations, with different populations following specific routes to their wintering grounds.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Sedge Warblers)

The Sedge Warbler is renowned for its varied and spontaneous song. Males, in particular, are known for their extensive and ever-changing repertoire, which they use to charm potential mates. 

This improvisational melody, consisting of rapid chattering and sweet phrases, is a delightful acoustic display of their vocal prowess.

Fun Sedge Warbler Facts (kid friendly)

  • Sedge Warblers are excellent at mimicking the songs of other bird species.
  • They migrate thousands of miles every year between the UK and Africa.
  • Male Sedge Warblers never repeat the same song, always improvising to attract females.
  • They have a varied diet but primarily feast on insects like dragonflies and mayflies.
  • These birds make their nests in reeds and bushes, sometimes even in agricultural fields.
  • They are small birds, about 13 cm in length, weighing around 12 grams.
  • With a mix of cream, buff, brown, black, and white feathers, they are a sight to behold.
  • Their eggs are a beautiful greenish-yellow with brown mottles.
  • Sedge Warblers are part of the Reed Warbler family.
  • Though they love the UK in summer, they spend winters in the warmth of Africa.

Facts About The Sedge Warbler

Diet: Insects; berries in autumn.
Bird Family: Warblers
Length: 13cm
Wingspan: 17-21cm
Weight: 10-13g
Scientific Name: Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

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

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October