Reed Warbler

Irish Name: Ceolaire giolcaí
Scientific name: Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Bird Family: Warblers
Conservation status


Summer visitor to large reedbeds in southern and eastern Ireland from late April to September.


A typical small warbler, about the same size as a Robin. Ages and sexes appear virtually similar. A rather non-descript bird, being a pale brown colour all-over, with the undersides slightly paler. Has a very faint supercilium. Blends in well in preferred habitat of dense reedbeds and difficult to see when not singing.


The main call is a quiet “check”. The song is similar to that of the Sedge Warbler, but is not as excited and variable. A typical phrase would be: “tru-tru-tru-swee-swee-tiri-tiri-tiri”. The song will usually be delivered while perched on the top of a reed.


Feeds almost exclusively on insects and other invertebrates.


Reed Warblers breed in large areas of reedbeds in south and east of Ireland.


Winters in central and southern Africa.

Monitored by

Countryside Bird Survey.

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Sedge Warbler

Irish Name:
Ceolaire cíbe
Scientific name:
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
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Grasshopper Warbler

Irish Name:
Ceolaire casarnaí
Scientific name:
Locustella naevia
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