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Sardinian Warbler on Pomegranate Tree


Sardinian Warbler on Pomegranate Tree
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Copyright: Can Unuvar (Calianis) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 14 N: 122] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D EOS, Canon EF 90-300 mm f4.5 - f 5.6
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-22 14:23
Viewed: 3445
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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.


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