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Photo © by Marc Delsalle
Ploegsteert, Belgium, 19 June 2002

Alternative name: Common Whitethroat

Curruca communis

Sylvia communis


Photo © by IanF
Billingham, UK

14 cm (5½ in); a large Sylvia Warbler
Pale legs and pale bill
Adult male

  • Grey head
  • White eye-ring
  • White throat.

Female has brownish head with off-white throat

Confusion Species

Lesser Whitethroat


They breed throughout Europe and most of Asia (including China and India, also most of the Middle East.

Migratory, U.K. birds wintering south of the Sahara.


Photo © by Donald Talbott
Watermead CP, Leicestershire, England, 11 July 201

This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 4 subspecies.


Photo © by targetman
Lincolnshire, UK, May 2014
  • C. c. communis :
  • C. c. volgensis:
  • C. c. icterops:
  • C. c. rubicola:


Scrubland and hedgerows are favoured.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects and invertebrates.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Aymí, R. and G. Gargallo (2020). Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.grewhi1.01

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