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



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. c. orbitalis:
  • S. 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, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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