Fairly common breeder of lowland marshes, lakes, ponds, irrigation canals, oxbows, with high, dense vegetation. The majority of birds migrate (March–October), overwinters in small numbers. After a serious decline in the 1970s, a long-term population growth was observed. Between 1999 and 2018 the breeding population moderately declined (?2.2 ± 2.0%, p<0.05). Some of its breeding sites are threatened by drought.