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Menetries's Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by RASHED
Kuwait, February 2009
Sylvia mystacea


13 cm (5 in)

  • Long blackish tail
  • White outer tail feathers
  • Heavy dark bill, pinkish patch at the base
  • Pale bare eye ring


  • Dark grey upperparts
  • White underparts
  • White submoustachial stripe
  • Pink throat and breast
  • Dark cap
  • Grey nape


  • Sandy grey-brown upperparts
  • Buffish-white underparts
Photo by kuwaity
National Park, Sabiya, Kuwait, April 2004


Asia, winters in Africa
Africa: Egypt
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Asia: Russia, Northern Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • S. m. mystacea:
  • Transcaucasia and north-eastern Turkey to lower Volga; winters to north-eastern Africa
  • S. m. rubescens:
  • S. m. turcmenica:


Scrub, thickets, open woodland, desert and gardens.


Flicks tail


Diet consists of arthropods, particularly insects and their eggs, invertebrates, berries, fruit and seeds.


They build a cup-shaped nest of twigs, stems, grass and leaves with feathers and hair, which is placed in low vegetation. The 4-5 brown-spotted white eggs are incubated by both parents for 11 to 13 days. The young birds fledge after 10 or 11 days.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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