Friday, August 31, 2012

>Sylvia hortensis crassirostris (Eastern Orphean Warbler)

Eastern Orphean Warbler

Eastern Orphean Warbler
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Species:S. hortensis
Binomial name
Sylvia hortensis crassirostris
The Eastern Orphean WarblerSylvia hortensis crassirostris, is a typical warbler of the genus Sylvia. This species occurs in summer around the Mediterranean, through the Balkans via Turkey, the Caucasus and surrounding regions to Central Asia. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. Some taxonomists consider both subspecies Orphean Warblers to be distinct enough to separate them into species.


At 15–16 cm length - somewhat larger than a Blackcap - this is one of the largest species of typical warblers. The adult males have a plain grey back. The bill is long and pointed and the legs black. The male has a dark grey head, black eye mask and white throat. The iris is white. Females and immatures have a paler head and reddish underparts; their grey back has a brownish tinge. The iris is dark in young birds. The song is a series of warbling liroo-liroo and scolding notes. Song is more varied than the Western Orphean Warbler, approaching Nightingale in richness.(Snow 1998)
These small passerine birds are found in open deciduous woodland. 4-6 eggs are laid in a nest in a bush or tree. Like most "warblers", The Eastern Orphean Warbler is an insectivore.

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