Fun Aquatic Warbler Facts For Kids

Christian Mba
Nov 16, 2022 By Christian Mba
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Deeti Gupta
One of the aquatic warbler facts that you need to know is that the aquatic warbler is an insectivorous bird.

The aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is a bird that's classified as an Old World warbler. The bird breeds in temperate Western Asia and Eastern Europe.

During the winters, the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) migrates to sub-Saharan Africa and West Africa - the global aquatic warbler population's main wintering grounds. Their migration route sees them fly over Ireland and Great Britain as well. Many years of uncertainty had passed before 5,000-10,000 of the European population were discovered at Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary in Senegal.

The aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is known for having more than one offspring with multiple partners. However, despite its promiscuous nature and high rate of reproduction, the aquatic warbler is a bird species that has undergone rapid decline in terms of numbers.

The aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is regarded as a globally threatened bird species.

The cause for the decline is the severe degradation of their natural habitat. As a result, they are globally threatened and while conservation efforts are ongoing, it's going to take some time before their natural habitat is restored and there is an increase in the estimated population.

If you're interested in gathering valuable knowledge regarding birds, read on. In this Kidadl article, we're going to focus solely on the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola).

From aquatic warbler threats to aquatic warbler classification to aquatic warbler food to its natural habitat - you'll find everything you need and want to know about aquatic warblers here. For more informative and entertaining facts-based articles, check out cockatoo and toco toucan facts.

Aquatic Warbler Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an aquatic warbler?

The aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is a bird that belongs to the family Acrocephalidae.

What class of animal does an aquatic warbler belong to?

The aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) belongs to the class of animals known as birds.

How many aquatic warblers are there in the world?

While the population of female aquatic warblers isn't exactly known, the global male population stands at around 9,000-14,000.

Where does an aquatic warbler live?

The aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) has its native habitats across Western Asia and Eastern Europe, among which the bird's only strongholds remain in the Eastern European countries of Belarus and Poland. These two countries collectively account for almost 70% of the global population.

This has meant that this species is in dire need of human conservation efforts so that its natural habitats around the world are restored.

What is an aquatic warbler's habitat?

This medium-sized warbler is found in wet sedge beds where the vegetation is shorter than 30 cm. The aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) lives in wetlands. Drainage has meant that this bird species has declined over the years.

Who do aquatic warblers live with?

Aquatic warblers live in packs.

How long does an aquatic warbler live?

The information related to the lifespan of the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is still quite unclear.

How do they reproduce?

As mentioned before, the males and females of this bird species are known for being promiscuous. Females having offspring with several male partners is common and the same can be said for the males, who engage in reproduction with multiple female partners.

While the exact mating season isn't known, after mating and the gestation period that follows, three to five eggs on average are laid in a nest in low vegetation by the female.

The eggs are brown and have yellowish-gray spots. After the eggs hatch, the mother nurses the juvenile again before looking for male suitors again.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is Vulnerable. While some of its habitats still remain intact, unfortunately, many have been severely degraded due to natural degradation and human activities. If the numbers of this bird species keep going down in the future, its remaining global population will be further threatened towards the brink of extinction.

Aquatic Warbler Fun Facts

What do aquatic warblers look like?

Adult aquatic warblers are characterized by their sandy crown stripe along with their fine black streaks, which vary from one bird to the next. The birds also have sandy plumage and spiky tails. Most physical features are similar between juveniles and adults.

However, the juveniles lack the fine black streaks on their flanks and breast. Their bills are pointed and quite strong.

Other prominent physical features include the whitish supercilium along with brown streaks on their backs and pale underparts like breasts that display variable streaking. Aquatic warblers have much in common with another warbler species known as the sedge warbler. However, aquatic warblers are more yellow-brown colored and have more streaks on their bodies.

During the winters, the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) population migrates from Eastern Europe to West Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

How cute are they?

Aquatic warblers with their pale underparts, crown stripe, and streaks look amazing. The fact that they're small also makes them look endearing. So, all in all, we have to say that the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), both in juvenile and adult stages, looks very cute.

How do they communicate?

Not much is known about how this threatened bird communicates. However, its characteristic form of communication is its fast song, which features a 'ja-ja-ja' chatter.

The chatter also features whistles that are typically acrocephaline. This form of communication is most noticeable prior to mating when males and females call out to each other to form pairs. More observation and research are needed to understand the song of the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) in greater depth.

How big is an aquatic warbler?

Compared to the length of the biggest golden eagles, which is around 100 cm, the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is at least seven times smaller.

How fast can an aquatic warbler fly?

While the threatened aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) is known for being quite fast in the air, its average and peak flying speeds remain unknown. The aquatic warbler is a bird with a lot of stamina, as it covers huge distances during its annual migration.

How much does an aquatic warbler weigh?

The weight of this bird, aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), ranges from 0.02-0.03 lb (10-14 g).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no gender-specific names for male and female aquatic warblers. You should refer to both a male bird and female bird simply as an aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola).

What would you call a baby aquatic warbler?

You would call a baby aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) a juvenile.

What do they eat?

In their natural habitats, both juvenile and adult aquatic warblers are known to feed on a wide variety of insects, which is why they're classified as insectivores. Berries and reed are also parts of the aquatic warbler diet.

Are they friendly?

Aquatic warblers aren't known to be dangerous to humans in any way. However, it's not clear as to whether these birds are friendly either.

Would they make a good pet?

Aquatic warblers are migratory birds and migration is one of the most important elements of their lives. While the fact that they're harmless to humans does make them suitable for adoption, we recommend that you let the birds be in their natural habitats.

We would also encourage you to spread awareness regarding the habitat destruction that these birds have experienced over the years so that steps can be taken for habitat restoration.

Did you know...

Aquatic warblers are the only internationally threatened and rarest passerine birds that are found in mainland Europe.

Where is the highest concentration of aquatic warblers?

While some of the aquatic warbler population breeds in Siberia and West Asia, almost 70% of the global population is concentrated in the countries of Belarus and Poland in Eastern Europe. In Belarus, the Polesie region of South Belarus has the highest concentration of these globally threatened birds.

How does an aquatic warbler look different from a sedge warbler?

While there are certain similarities in terms of appearance between the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) and the sedge warbler, there are differences as well. For instance, the yellowish-brown color is more prevalent in the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola).

The birds are also differentiated by the presence of more streaks on the aquatic warbler, which also has a distinct yellow crown stripe.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds including the purple finch, or house finch.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Aquatic Warbler coloring pages.

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