Oriental Reed Warbler

Scientific Name: Acrocephalus orientalis

Malay Name: Cekup-Paya Besar Biasa

Chinese Name: 东方大苇莺

Range: Found from Siberia, northern China, Japan to Korea and winters to the Indian subcontinent, southern China, Southeast Asia and northern Australia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 18-20 cm

Identification: Adult has prominent whitish supercilium, warm olive-brown upperparts and whitish underparts with warm buffish wash on flanks.

Similar looking species: Booted Warbler

Habitat: Reedbeds, scrubs and wet grasslands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Skulks in thick vegetation.

Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Kranji Marsh, Sengkang Riverside Park, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Satay by the Bay.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Oriental Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Jan 01-Jan 07
Early date 02 Sep 2022
Late date 21 Jun 2020
One of two common Acrocephalus reed warblers in Singapore.


BirdLife International. (2016). Acrocephalus orientalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22734033A104329496.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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