[ edit] Identification
12cm (4Â¾ in)
Grey back and head
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 .
[ 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
Vagrants regularly arrive in the British Isles, particularly in the Spring.
S. c. inornata
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[ edit] Taxonomy
Moltoni's Warbler was formerly considered conspecific with this species.
[ edit] Subspecies
There are 3 subspecies
S. c. cantillans: Western Subalpine Warbler
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.
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.
Listen in an external program
[ edit] References
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/
Birdforum thread discussing the status of Moltoni's Warbler
Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
Birdforum thread discussing subspecies identification
[ edit] External Links