We investigated the microhabitat characteristics of song posts used by males of the aquatic warbler in Biebrza National Park (Poland). On average, song posts were located at a height of 94 cm and 32 cm from the top of the plant. Males preferred singing from living plants in habitat patches with tall vegetation and a low water level. The only factor significantly affecting the place chosen for singing was vegetation height, and males sang from a higher location as vegetation height increased. Where only lower vegetation was available, males used relatively higher places for singing in comparison with the total plant height. These observations support the hypothesis predicting the optimization of song post height.
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Vol. 51 • No. 6