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Photo by Rob
Katwijk, the Netherlands, November 2003

Alternative name: Desert Lesser Whitethroat; Small Whitethroat

Sylvia minula

Includes: Margelanic Whitethroat


Pale and sandy coloured with a white throat.


Xinjiang (China) westwards to Turkmenistan and possibly into Iran.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • S. m. margelanica in most of range
  • S. m. minula in deserts of W China

Margelanica is sometimes split as Margelanic Whitethroat[1].


Deserts and woodlands.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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