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There are four subspecies:
An additional subspecies P.M. juninensis is not recognised by all authorities.
Reedbeds, marshes, swamps, in both fresh and brackish water.
A quick, small shy bird.
The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.
A spherical nest is built and attached to reeds, with a side entrance near the top. Both adults incubate the eggs and rear the young.
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