Roohabekas, Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus)

The Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus), also known as the Bearded Tit, is a charming and distinctive bird species found across Europe and parts of Asia. Here’s a brief overview:


  • The Bearded Reedling is a small, plump bird with a long tail and a distinctive appearance.
  • Males feature striking black “moustache-like” markings on their faces, giving them their characteristic “bearded” appearance.
  • Both males and females have warm, sandy-colored plumage with subtle streaks and markings, providing excellent camouflage in their reed bed habitat.


  • Bearded Reedlings are typically found in wetland habitats with dense reed beds, such as marshes, reed beds, and wetlands.
  • They are particularly associated with tall, dense stands of common reed (Phragmites australis), where they forage for food and build their nests.


  • These birds are highly sociable and often form small family groups or loose flocks, especially during the non-breeding season.
  • Bearded Reedlings are skilled climbers and acrobats, adeptly navigating through the dense reeds in search of food.
  • They have a varied diet, feeding primarily on insects, spiders, and small seeds found within the reed beds.


  • During the breeding season, males perform elaborate courtship displays to attract mates, including singing and aerial displays.
  • Nests are typically built within the dense vegetation of reed beds, constructed from woven reeds and grasses.
  • Females lay small clutches of eggs, which are incubated for around two weeks before hatching. Both parents contribute to feeding and caring for the young.


  • While Bearded Reedlings are not currently considered globally threatened, they are sensitive to habitat loss and degradation of their wetland habitats.
  • Conservation efforts focused on preserving and restoring wetland ecosystems are crucial for the long-term survival of this charming bird species.

The Bearded Reedling’s unique appearance, fascinating behavior, and specialized habitat make it a captivating subject for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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