Common passage migrant and summer breeder. Kuwait is one of the few places in the world to find this range restricted species. A bird usually confined to reed beds, where it is located through its frog-like song.
Where in Kuwait
A bird typically found along reed-fringed and aquatic vegetation near still or flowing brackish water in the Jahra Area in summer. Also recorded as far west as Al Abraq and at Tuhla during migration
breeds in aquatic vegetation in or around shallow fresh or brackish water, still or flowing, mostly in Typha beds, although it forages extensively in adjacent dense reedbeds Phragmites austoralis
In the world
Listed as Endangered because it has a small population which is estimated to be undergoing very rapid and continuing declines owing to extensive, and recently accelerating, drainage of its breeding habitat. Population declines are corroborated by an apparent decline in numbers trapped on migration at a ringing station. It breeds in the Mesopotamian marshes of south-east Iraq and is regular on passage in Kuwait (where it has been confirmed breeding). It breeds mostly in Typha beds, although it forages extensively in adjacent dense reedbeds Phragmites austoralis in the Mesopotamian marshes. It winters in East Africa