Clamorous Reed Warbler
A rather plain, inconspicuous warbler more often heard than seen, the clamorous reed-warbler is a skulking bird that stays out of sight in dense vegetation. A well camouflaged bird, the upperparts are plain olive-brown, with a conspicuous white stripe through each eye and a reddish tinge to the rump. The flight and tail feathers are dark brown with whitish edges and the underparts are suffused with white, often with a few dark streaks on the chin and throat. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile has a more rusty-brown appearance to the upperparts. The bill is long and stout and the long, rounded tail acts as a balancing aid as the bird weaves its way through dense vegetation. The clamorous reed-warbler may be distinguished from other reed-warblers by its slenderer build, slightly longer tail, thinner bill, shorter wings and narrower eye stripe. It is, however, more renowned for its very loud song, which combines harsh grating and chattering sounds with more melodic notes and squeaks. It also often mimics the calls of other birds.
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