this mostly sedentary to occasionally migratory bird is smaller than the House Sparrow. The bearded reedling has a long tail; the male bird has an ash-colored head and a prominent beard; the female has a brown head without beard. It leads a reclusive life in large, permanently waterlogged reed beds. For this reason, it is in the Czech Republic primarily endemic in South Bohemia, in the Elbe wetlands, and in South and North Moravia. It lives off insects, spiders, but also the seeds of e.g. reed or other water plants.