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The Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala, is a common and widespread typical warbler from the Mediterranean region.
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.
The geographical variation in the Sardinian Warbler conforms to some extent with Gloger's Rule, though not as strongly as in some other typical warblers. The validity of leucogastra and norissae is not accepted by some authors, and valverdei has been described very recently. On the other hand, leucogastra might be more than one subspecies.
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very nice shot of this beauty bird
great details and nice colours
Great capture of this little bird, nice details, point of view, compositions and natural colours,
Thanks for sharing,
- [2011-05-05 14:10]
Hello Jose Conceicao
Interesting photo of a species we do not have in North America. The light is well managed and the position of the bird in the frame is perfect. Two things bug me. First , the twig that goes across the tail of the bird and also, the fact that the beak of the bird does not stand out agains the background. Otheerwise it is a good shot.
Ciao Jose. Difficult light here. But you've obtained good colours in a lovely compo.
- [2011-05-07 7:18]
I like the picture of a cute small bird at natural surroundings. May be image in not tack sharp but it reflects all features of the model and its environment perfectly. My kind regards and TFS.