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Subalpine Warbler

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Photo © by scottishdude Lesvos
Photo © by scottishdude
Sylvia cantillans


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Terry 2Southern Spain, April 2017
Photo © by Terry 2
Southern Spain, April 2017

12cm (4¾ in)
Adult male

  • Grey back and head
  • Brick-red underparts
  • White malar streaks

Female has mainly brown upperparts with a greyer head. Whitish below with a pink flush.
Variation: males of the subspecies may or may not be identifiable in spring[7].

[edit] Distribution

Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia
Europe: Scandinavia, Norway, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain, Ibiza, Mallorca, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Gibraltar, Andorra, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Crete, Corfu, Lesvos, Rhodes, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Western Sahara, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti
Middle East: Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
Asia: Russia

Vagrants regularly arrive in the British Isles, particularly in the Spring.

Subspecies S. c. inornataPhoto © by peterdayOuzazate, Morocco, February-2018
Subspecies S. c. inornata
Photo © by peterday
Ouzazate, Morocco, February-2018

[edit] Taxonomy

Moltoni's Warbler was formerly considered conspecific with this species.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • S. c. cantillans: Western Subalpine Warbler
  • S. c. inornata:
  • S. c. albistriata: Eastern Subalpine Warbler
  • Balkan Peninsula to western Turkey; winters Sahara oases and Arabia

[edit] Habitat

Breeds in a variety of habitats, from open woodland to bushes and sandy heaths.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The nest is built in thick bushes. Three to five eggs are laid.

[edit] Diet

Mainly insects, but will eat berries on occasion.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: similar to Lesser Whitethroat's tett
Song: Clear and slow chattering and bouncy phrases, reminiscent of Eurasian Linnet. Delivered in 'song flight' or from a bush.

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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. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Birdforum thread discussing the status of Moltoni's Warbler
  3. Avibase
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  6. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  7. Birdforum thread discussing subspecies identification

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