Vagrant. A tiny warbler that may visit Kuwait irregularly during dispersal since it does breed in nearby southern Iraq. It has a characteristically rhythmic zitting call from which it gets its name. Its preferred habitat is tall grasslands, sometimes near wetlands.
Where in Kuwait
It is found mainly in grassland habitats, often near water. There are only 5 records for Kuwait with the last seen at Jahra Pool Reserve in March 1990.
In the world
It has an extremely large range and a population that is estimated to be increasing following recorded range expansions in recent years. It is a widely distributed Old World warbler whose breeding range includes southern Europe, Africa (outside the deserts and rainforest), and southern Asia down to northern Australia. During the breeding season, males have a zigzagging flight display accompanied by regular "zitting" calls that has been likened to repeated snips of a scissor.
Habitat loss and degradation