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Sardinian Warbler

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Photo by squidfishPuerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Photo by squidfish
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Sylvia melanocephala

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[edit] Identification

Male

  • Grey back
  • White underparts
  • Black head
  • White throat
  • Red eyes

Female

  • Brown upperparts
  • Buff underparts
  • Grey head

[edit] Distribution

Europe and Asia, Africa, Middle East
Eastern Europe: Scandinavia, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, France, Corsica, Portugal, Spain, Ibiza, Mallorca, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Gomera, Tenerife, Extremadura, Gibraltar, Monaco, Switzerland, Italy, Sardinia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Crete, Lesvos, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania

FemalePhoto by russkieSani, Greece, February 2006
Female
Photo by russkie
Sani, Greece, February 2006

Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia
Middle East: Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq

Vagrants recorded in the British Isles.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • S. m. melanocephala:
  • S. m. norrisae:
  • Formerly Egypt (Faiyum region). Extinct
  • S. m. momus:

Four additional subspecies,leucogastra, carmichaellowi, pasiphae and valverdei are not accepted by all authorities[1].

[edit] Habitat

Coastal scrub, salt marshes, heathland, arid scrubland, open woodland with gorse; riverside shrubs, olive, almond and orchid plantations. Parks and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It builds its nest in low shrub or brambles, laying 3-6 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects, but it will also take nectar, berries and other soft fruit.

[edit] Vocalisation


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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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