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Western Bonelli's Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Kevin Wade
Málaga, Spain, 5 May 2019
Phylloscopus bonelli

Rhadina bonelli


Photo © by Terry 2
Southern Spain, April 2017

11·5 cm (4½ in)

  • Plain, rounded head
  • Pale supercilium
  • Plain grey-green back
  • Yellow edges to some wing and tail feathers
  • Yellowish rump
  • Greenish wings
  • Whitish underparts
  • Black eye
  • Small pointed bill with pale base and lower mandible

The sexes are identical.


South west Europe and north Africa, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. Vagrants have been found far north of its usual breeding range.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly considered conspecific with Eastern Bonelli's Warbler; with this and Wood Warbler, sometimes separated into the genus Rhadina.


Breeds in a variety of woodlands and on mountain slopes at different heights. Also found by the coast.



The 4-6 eggs are laid in a nest on the ground.


The diet includes insects.


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  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. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  3. sundancecamp

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