Savi’s warbler– Locustella luscinioides
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Class: Aves
- Order: Passeriformes
- Family: Sylviidae
- Genre: Locustella
- Species: Locustella luscinioides
It is a songbird species, summer guest, nesting mostly in reeds, It has a body length of 13.5 – 15 cm on average. Weighs 12 – 21 g.
The plumage is relatively evenly coloured, dorsally reddish brown and ventrally rusty grey on the flanks and lighter on the abdomen. The throat is lighter in colour (whitish). Sexes and ages are similar. Given its general appearance, colouring and the presence of a lighter coloured eyebrow, but especially the habitat associated with dense, spreading reeds, the bird can be confused with the Great Crested Plover (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), from which it can be distinguished both by its voice and some morphological features: the underparts are long, reddish-brown of a light hue with tips in lighter shades in most individuals, and unlike the great crested grebe, the wing margin is curved, the breast is dull grey-brown and on the flanks with a grey-brown, reddish tinge, without yellowish tones. The tail is broad, with fine dark stripes on the dorsal side.
The reed warbler is more difficult to spot, being camouflaged in the reeds most of the time.
It can sometimes be seen singing from the tops of reed hairs. If it can’t be seen, it can instead be heard by the high-pitched, metallic, monotonous song that resembles the buzzing of orthopteran insects.
The scientific name of this species is inspired by this specific song. Genus name,
Locustella, is the Latin diminutive of the word locusta – locust, referring to the song similar to that of some orthopteran insects (crickets, grasshoppers, locusts), and the specific epithet luscinioides comes from the Latin word luscinia , meaning nightingale, and from the Greek suffix -ides meaning similar to, alluding to the general appearance of this small songbird, which is similar to that of the nightingale.