One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Eurasian and African songbird with plain plumage, frequenting reed beds.
Genus Acrocephalus, family Sylviidae: several species, in particular the common A. scirpaceus
- ‘The Basra reed warbler is a near-endemic species of Iraq whose last stronghold is the Mesopotamian marshlands to the north of Basra.’
- ‘The case of the great reed warbler, Acrocephalus arundinaceus, is probably the most frequently cited example showing that song is subject to directional female mating preferences.’
- ‘This reed warbler, unknown in Switzerland at the end of the nineteenth century, was first recorded there in 1880.’
- ‘In 2001, a distance record was set when a tagged reed warbler was retrapped in Poland.’
- ‘Scientists also predicted that species like the black kite, cattle egret and great reed warbler, not currently found in Britain, could migrate there if warmer summer temperatures continued.’
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