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Acrocephalus melanopogon ad03 CB

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea

Familia: Acrocephalidae
Genus: Acrocephalus
Species: Acrocephalus melanopogon
Subspecies: A. m. albiventris - A. m. melanopogon - A. m. mimica

Acrocephalus melanopogon (Temminck, 1823)

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Constantinescu, I.C. et al. 2013: Two new species of feather mites (Acarina: Analgoidea) from the Moustached Warbler, Acrocephalus melanopogon (Passeriformes, Acrocephalidae), in Romania. Zootaxa 3709(3): 267–276. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3709.3.5 Reference page.

Vernacular names
български: Мустакато шаварче
čeština: Rákosník tamaryškový
English: Moustached Warbler
español: Carricerín real
հայերեն: Եղեգնաթռչնակ նրբակտուց
italiano: Forapaglie castagnolo
македонски: Тенкоклун трскар
Nederlands: Zwartkoprietzanger
polski: Tamaryszka
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Crnoprugasti trstenjak / Црнопругасти трстењак

The moustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) is an Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus. It breeds in southern Europe and southern temperate Asia with a few in north-west Africa. It is partially migratory. South west European birds are resident, south east European birds winter in the Mediterranean breeding range, and the Asiatic race migrates to Arabia, India and Pakistan.

It is scarce north of its range, but has occurred as a very rare vagrant as far as Poland and Denmark. There have been a few reports from Great Britain, including a pair breeding in Cambridgeshire in 1946, but these records have recently been removed from the official list of British birds, being unconvincingly distinguished from sedge warblers or paddyfield warblers.[3]

This passerine bird is a species found in upright aquatic vegetation such as reeds and sedge. 3 to 6 eggs are laid from mid-April and incubated for 14 to 15 days. The nest is built over water among reeds or rushes or in a bush. This species is usually monogamous (Leisler & Wink 2000).

This is a medium-sized warbler, 12 to 13.5 centimetres (4.7–5.3 in) long, slightly larger than the similar sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus. The adult has a finely streaked brown back and white underparts. The forehead is flattened, there is a prominent whitish supercilium, grey ear coverts, and the bill is strong and pointed.

The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are more heavily streaked and have markings on the breast. Like most warblers, it is insectivorous and also feeds on water snails.

The song is fast and similar to the sedge warbler and reed warbler, with some mimicry and typically acrocephaline whistles added. Its song is softer and more melodious than those of its relatives, and includes phrases reminiscent of the nightingale. Unlike the sedge warbler, it does not sing in flight.


BirdLife International (2018). "Acrocephalus melanopogon". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T22714693A131328180. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22714693A131328180.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
Gill F, D Donsker & P Rasmussen (Eds). 2020. IOC World Bird List (v10.2). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.10.2.

Melling T (2006). "Time to get rid of the Moustache: a review of British records of Moustached Warbler" (PDF). British Birds. 99.

Leisler, B. & Wink, Michael (2000): Frequencies of multiple paternity in three Acrocephalus species (Aves: Sylviidae) with different mating systems (A. palustris, A. arundinaceus, A. paludicola). Ethology, Ecology & Evolution 12: 237–249. PDF fulltext
Snow, David W.; Perrins, Christopher M.; Doherty, Paul & Cramp, Stanley (1998): The complete birds of the western Palaearctic on CD-ROM. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-268579-1

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