Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed marine as Acrocephalus stentoreus
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under section 248 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of Marine Species (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000c) [Legislative Instrument] as Acrocephalus stentoreus.
Non-statutory Listing Status
IUCN: Listed as Least Concern (Global Status: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2013.1 list)
Scientific name Acrocephalus australis [76414]
Family Sylviidae:Passeriformes:Aves:Chordata:Animalia
Species author (Gould, 1838)
Infraspecies author  
Other names Acrocephalus stentoreus [572]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map not available for this taxon.
Illustrations Google Images

As at 5 August 2014, this profile follows Higgins and colleagues (1996) and Birdlife Australia’s (2013) treatment of Acrocephalus australis as endemic to Australia. As such, the species is not Migratory for the purposes of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). It is possible that New Guinean populations are augmented in autumn-winter by non-breeding migrants from Australia (e.g. Draffan et al. 1983), but there is no empirical evidence for this (Higgins et al. 2006b).

Prior to 5 August 2014, this species had been listed as Migratory on SPRAT under the Muscicapidae (sensu lato) family listing of the EPBC Act.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Agriculture and Aquaculture:Land clearing, habitat fragmentation and/or habitat degradation Acrocephalus stentoreus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006am) [Internet].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Changes in hydrology including habitat drainage Acrocephalus stentoreus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006am) [Internet].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Acrocephalus stentoreus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006am) [Internet].

BA NRS (2002). Birds Australia Nest Record Scheme.

Barker, R.D. & W.J.M. Vestjens (1990). The Food of Australian Birds. 2. Passerines. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

BirdLife Australia (2013). BirdLife Australia Working List of Australian Birds. [Online]. Available from:

Blakers, M., S.J.J.F. Davies & P.N. Reilly (1984). The Atlas of Australian Birds. Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne University Press.

Britton, P.L. & H.A. Britton (2000). The birds of Charters Towers, north Queensland. Sunbird. 30:61-88.

Brown, R.J. & M.N. Brown (1985). The Clamorous Reed-Warbler. Middlesex Field Study Centre Annual Report 7-8 (1984-1985). 7-8:22--34.

Clements, J.F., T.S. Schulenberg, M.J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C.L. Wood & D. Roberson (2013). The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8. [Online]. Available from:

Commonwealth of Australia (2000c). Declaration under section 248 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of Marine Species. [Online]. F2008B00465. Canberra: Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. Available from:

Cramp, S. (Ed.) (1992). Handbook of the Birds of the Europe, the Middle East and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic. Volume 6, Warblers. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Department of the Environment and Heritage (2006am). Acrocephalus stentoreus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database. [Online]. Canberra: DEH. Available from:

Draffan, R.D.W., S.T. Garnett & G.J. Malone (1983). Birds of the Torres Strait: an annotated list and biogeographic analysis. Emu. 83:207-234.

Gill, F. & D. Donsker, eds. (2014). IOC World Bird List (v 4.2). [Online]. International Ornithologists Union Committee on Nomenclature. 10.14344/IOC.ML.4.2. Available from:

Helbig, A.J. & I. Seibold (1999). Molecular Phylogeny of Palearctic-African Acrocephalus and Hippolais Warblers (Aves: Sylviidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 11(2):246-60.

Higgins, P.J., J.M. Peter & S.J. Cowling, eds. (2006b). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds Volume 7b: Dunnock to Starlings. Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Lane, S.G. (1966). Reed-Warbler concentration. Australian Bird Bander. 4:7.

Leisler, B., P. Heidrich, K. Schulze-Hagen & M. Wink (1997). Taxonomy and phylogeny of reed warblers (genus Acrocephalus) based on mtDNA sequences and morphology. Journal für Ornithologie. 138:469-96.

Lenz, M. (1989). Regular double-brooding by Clamorous Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus in the Canberra region. Australian Bird Watcher. 13:73--77.

Mayr, E. (1948). Geographic variation in the reed-warbler. Emu. 47:205--210.

McKean, J.L. (1983). Some notes on the occurrence of the great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus in the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Naturalist. 6:3-8.

Morony, J., W. Bock & J. Farrand (1975). Reference List of the Birds of the World. American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Pizzey, G. & F. Knight (1997). The Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Quin, D. (2002). Personal communication.

Schodde, R. & I.J. Mason (1999). The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

Serventy, V.N. (1982). The Wrens and Warblers of Australia. The Australian Museum's National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Angus & Robertson, Sydney.

Sibley, C.G. & B.L. Monroe (1990). Distribution and Taxonomy of the Birds of the World. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press.

Storr, G.M. (1967). List of Northern Territory Birds. Western Australian Museum Special Publication. 4.

Wilson, S. & D. Wilson (1966). The Reed-Warbler in peculiar habitat. Australian Bird Bander. 4:7.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Acrocephalus australis in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:30:27 +1000.