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


Photo © by Donald Talbott
Elounda, Crete, Greece, May 2018

13·5 cm (5¼ in)

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


  • Brown upperparts
  • Buff underparts
  • Grey head


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
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.



Photo © by Donald Talbott
Elounda, Crete, Greece, May 2018

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].


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



They builds their nest in low shrub or brambles, laying 3-6 eggs.


The diet consists mostly of arthropods, but they also eat a lot of fruit, particularly in the autumn and winter, with the addition of nectar too.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  4. BF Member observations

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