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Sardinian Warbler

Sardinian Warbler
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 400, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-14 13:03
Viewed: 3551
Points: 10
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A male Sardinian Warbler

I was looking for a Kentish Warbler which unfortunately is now rarely found at Kent, England. I thought I had just found one but it turned out to be a more exotic relative, a Sardinian Warbler.

In: Sardinian Warbler Ca: Tallarol capnegre Da: Sorthovedet Sanger De: Samtkopf-Grasmücke Es: Curruca cabecinegra Fi: samettipääkerttu Fr: Fauvette mélanocéphale It: Occhiocotto Nl: Kleine Zwartkop No: Svarthodesanger Pt: Toutinegra-de-cabeça-preta Sv: Sammetshätta US: Sardinian Warbler Ru: Масличная славка

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Like most Sylvia species, it has distinct male and female plumages. The adult male has a grey back, whitish underparts, black head, white throat and red eyes. Plumages are somewhat variable even in the same locality, with the intensity of a reddish hue on upper- and/or underside varies from absent to (in some subspecies) pronounced. The female is mainly brown above and buff below, with a grey head.
The Sardinian Warbler's song is fast and rattling, and is very characteristic of the Mediterranean areas where this bird breeds.

Distribution and ecology

It breeds in the southernmost areas of Europe and just into Asia in Turkey and the eastern end of the Mediterranean. This small passerine bird, unlike most "warblers", is not particularly migratory, but some birds winter in north Africa, and it occurs as a vagrant well away from the breeding range, as far as Great Britain.

This is a bird of open country and cultivation, with bushes for nesting. The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-6 eggs are laid. Like most "warblers", it is insectivorous, but will also take berries and other soft fruit.


Together with Menetries' Warbler it forms a superspecies. Both thave white malar areas and light throats, and otherwise black theads in adult males, as well as a naked ring around the eye. The Subalpine Warbler, which seems the superspecies' closest relative, has a dark throat and breast and a dark gray upper head in males, but otherwise shares these characters. These three species are related to a dark-throated superspecies consisting of Rüppell's Warbler and the Cyprus Warbler, which also share the white malar area with blackish above.
This bird may be considered a superspecies, divided into the western Sylvia melanocephala and Sylvia momus from the more arid regions of the Near East and adjacent Africa.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-14 13:09]

Hello Pakka.
This is a very nice shot. The detail and focus are very good.with good colour and POV. stands out well on the background. Best regards Siggi

Very nice photo.

hello Pekka

excellent close-up photo of this Warbler
with fine POV and framing, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Pekka, nice see you again on TN after a long time, well returned my old frien, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid details, beautiful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Nice looking warbler Pekka, great details even with the bird away from the light.
Like the slightly parted beak with the tongue just visible, great lens too :)
Happy Holidays!

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