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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.



  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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