Small bird (about 13 cm or 5 in) with very discreet habits and a restless behaviour. Plumage of ocher tones, back with black stripes and two broad and lighter longitudinal stripes. Crown with three pale bands and two other black ones. Light underparts and a dark striped breast.
Species linked to grasslands and flooded meadows of fresh water and, to a lesser extent, irrigated crops and reeds. Very demanding in terms of habitat.
Very rare bird in Malaga and that can be watched occasionally during its migratory passage. It breeds between May and July. Polygamous males. Nest in the shape of a cup very close to waterlogged vegetation. One laying of 3 to 6 eggs. Main breeding population in Poland. Insectivore.
Although exceptionally scarce, this species visits every year some locations of Malaga during its migrations. The Aquatic Warbler's small size and very discreet habits and the fact that it is always among the riparian vegetation make it very difficult to detect. The last observations have taken place in the lower course of the Guadalhorce river.
Its Latin name, in addition to making reference to the peculiar head of warblers (large, deformed and pointed) specifies the environment where it inhabits. "Paludicola" (paludis - colere) means "inhabitant of the marshes".