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Lesser Whitethroat

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Ssp. currucaPhoto by IanF Billingham,  UK
Ssp. curruca
Photo by IanF
Billingham, UK
Sylvia curruca


[edit] Identification

12·5–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Grey back
  • Whitish underparts
  • Grey head with a dark mask
  • White throat
  • Dark legs
  • Dark bill

[edit] Similar Species

Photo by IanFBillingham, UK
Photo by IanF
Billingham, UK

Greater Whitethroat

[edit] Distribution

Europe, and in western and central Asia. Accidental to Alaska with one record.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Ssp. blythiPhoto by Alok Tewari Sultanpur National Park,  India, Jan-2017
Ssp. blythi
Photo by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur National Park, India, Jan-2017

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • S. c. curruca:
  • S. c. blythi:
  • S. c. halimodendri:
  • Breeds central Asian steppes, from the lower Ural River and Transcapia east to western Mongolia; primarily winters in southwestern Asia (southeastern Iran to northwestern India), but perhaps also in eastern Africa

[edit] Habitat

Open country and cultivation, with large bushes for nesting and some trees.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Diet includes insects, berries and other soft fruit.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-7 eggs are laid.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia

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