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Paddyfield warbler (Acrocephalus agricola)
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Paddyfield warbler description
The paddyfield warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) is a small bird with a short, dark brown bill and long, rounded tail. The upperparts of the paddyfield warbler are orange-brown in May and June, but the plumage slowly wears to a dull olive brown throughout the rest of the year. The throat and belly are whitish and the sides are a buffy yellow (2).Top
Paddyfield warbler biology
The breeding season of the paddyfield warbler extends from mid-May to mid-August. The nest, which is built by both sexes, is a tall, deep, cylindrical structure made from reeds and grasses. It is placed around the stems of aquatic or semi-aquatic vegetation, 20 to 100 centimetres above the water or land. The paddyfield warbler lays 3 to 6 eggs, which are incubated by the female for approximately 12 days. The chicks are fed by both parents (2).
In September, after breeding is over, the paddyfield warbler migrates south to spend winter in warmer climates, before returning to its breeding range in May (4).Top
Paddyfield warbler range
The paddyfield warbler breeds in Eastern Europe and Western and Central Asia. It migrates south to the warmer Indian subcontinent for the winter (4).Top
Paddyfield warbler habitat
During the breeding season, the favoured habitat of the paddyfield warbler is low-growing reeds and dense vegetation at the edges of lakes and marshes (2) (3). In winter, it inhabits damp or wet ground with thick cover (2), such as reedbeds, paddy fields and mangroves (5).Top
Paddyfield warbler status
The paddyfield warbler is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
Paddyfield warbler threatsTop
Paddyfield warbler conservation
There are currently no specific conservation measures in place for the paddyfield warbler.Top
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- Feeds primarily on insects.
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IUCN Red List (November, 2010)
- del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Sargatal, J. (2006) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
- Peterson, R.T., Mountfort, G. and Hollum, P.A.D. (1993) A Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe. Houghton Mifflin Company, New York.
- Elphick, J. (2007) The Atlas of Bird Migration. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
- Grewall, B., Harvey, B. and Pfister, O. (2002) A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and the Indian Subcontinent. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.
BirdLife International (November, 2010)
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