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Photo © by Marc Delsalle
Ploegsteert, Belgium, 19 June 2002

Alternative name: Common Whitethroat


Sylvia communis

Identification

Photo © by IanF
Billingham, UK

14 cm (5½ in); a large Sylvia Warbler
Pale legs and pale bill
Adult male

  • Grey head
  • White eye-ring
  • White throat.

Female has brownish head with off-white throat

Confusion Species

Lesser Whitethroat

Distribution

They breed throughout Europe and most of Asia (including China and India, also most of the Middle East.

Migratory, U.K. birds wintering south of the Sahara.

Taxonomy

Juvenile
Photo © by Donald Talbott
Watermead CP, Leicestershire, England, 11 July 201

Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • S. c. communis :
  • S. c. volgensis:
Photo © by targetman
Lincolnshire, UK, May 2014
  • S. c. icterops:
  • S. c. rubicola:

Habitat

Scrubland and hedgerows are favoured.

Behaviour

Diet

Their diet consists almost entirely of insects and invertebrates.

Vocalisation

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References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Aymí, R. and G. Gargallo (2020). Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.grewhi1.01

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