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Acrocephalus griseldis (Basra reed-warbler) 

Basrarietsanger [Afrikaans]; Basra-karekiet [Dutch]; Rousserolle d'Irak [French]; Basra-rohrsńnger [German]; Rouxinol-dos-canišos do Iraque [Portuguese]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) > Order: Passeriformes > Family: Sylviidae > Genus: Acrocephalus

Distribution and habitat

Vagrant in southern Africa, with 5 records all in the eastern half of the region. Its breeding grounds are in the marshes of Iraq and south-western Iran, flying south to east Africa in the non-breeding season, staying there from about November-April.


Endangered, with its population of less then 10 000 individuals rapidly decreasing.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.