Bearded Reedling

Panurus biarmicus

(P. b. russicus)

Armenian Name: Բեղավոր երաշտահավ
Bearded Reedling

See Plate 52 for Bearded Reedling and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:12.5 cm, Wing Span:16-18 cm
Distribution Map: Map 261.
Description: Rounded body, very long tail, and white stripe on closed outerwing.
Adult: Pale brown above. Male: gray head with black mustache and undertail coverts. Female: browner overall, lacking black mustache and undertail coverts.
Juvenile: Yellowish overall; dark lores and black stripe down center of back.
Behavior: Gregarious. Makes short low bouncing flights. Very agile in reeds.
Habitat: Reedbeds.
Food: Invertebrates, seeds.
Nest: Deep cup of leaves and reed heads, low in dense vegetation.
Eggs: 18 mm, 4-8, white, dark brown spots.