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Adult male, Subspecies conspicillata
Photo by Kevin Wade
Loja Granada, Spain, May 2017
Curruca conspicillata

Sylvia conspicillata


12cm (4¾ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • Buff underparts
  • Chestnut wing patches
  • White throat
  • Orangish legs

Adult male: grey head with black lores and white eye ring

Female, Subspecies conspicillata
Photo by Kevin Wade
Loja Granada, Spain, May 2017


Europe, Africa and the Middle East
Europe: France, Corsica, Portugal, Madeira, Spain, Ibiza, Mallorca, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Gomera, Tenerife, Extremadura, Gibraltar, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Yugoslavia, Albania, Crete, Malta
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Niger
African Islands: Cape Verde
Middle East: Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 2 subspecies.


  • C. c. orbitalis:
  • C. c. conspicillata:

Two additional subspecies, extratipica and bella are generally considered invalid[2].


Desert and coastal scrub, open grassy country with scattered trees, gardens.



The nest is hidden in a bush. The clutch consists of 3-6 eggs.


The diet includes insects.


  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. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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