Marsh Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Scientific Name 
Acrocephalus palustris
Arabic Name 
دخلة البطاح
Kuwaiti name 
13.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant. One of the commonest Acrocephalus on passage, its size and reddish legs distinguish it from Caspian Reed Warbler (but very difficult to identify in the field from other similar sized reed warblers). Has markedly different song, which is more melodious and full of mimicry.
Where in Kuwait 
It breeds in a variety of mostly damp habitats, but on passage and in Africa winters mainly in dry, well-vegetated areas. However during passage it can been seen in a variety of habitats as its favoured habitat may not be available. So it It makes use of a range of well-vegetated habitats, from moist scrub to dense thickets.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be increasing due to a range expansion in the north and west of its range. Patchily distributed in Europe, the breeding range of this species extends mainly from eastern France to Russia, north to Sweden and south to Greece and Turkey. They migrate to south east Africa in winter. The song is extremely varied and musical; this species is an excellent mimic and on average incorporates the songs of 31 European and 45 African species into its repertoire. It can be easily confused with several close relatives, but the imitative song of the male is highly distinctive.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation