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Sylvia melanocephala

Sylvia melanocephala
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-12 1:01
Viewed: 3006
Points: 22
[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.
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.[2]

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.
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Sylviidae

Genus: Sylvia

Species: S. melanocephala

Binomial name
Sylvia melanocephala
(Gmelin, 1789)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-12 1:23]

Hi Durzan,what a strange and nice position and what a beautiful pic,wasn't easy but you work very well,the details of the red eye are fantastics.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Çok güzel olmuş Durzan bey. Elinize sağlık.

Ciao Durzan, beautiful composition with lovery bird in strange pose against a wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, good natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Durzan. Impressive focus on red eye and strange dynamci posture. Maybe bit noised, in my opionion. Great work anyway.


Slav Durzan,
a beautiful capture of the Sardinian Warbler taken in a lovely pose, splendid colours, very good POV and composition
Best regards

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-12 6:52]

Merhaba Durzan bey, güzel bir türün şık bir karesi, tebrikler

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-12 9:34]

Very nice photo, rare bird also by us, I never see this one, TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-12 12:56]

Hello Durzan,
Very nice light and colours in this photo. The DOF against the BG is beautiful. Very good sharpness and details. Great POV and composition.Best regars Siggi

Kuyruk yukarda ilginç bir bakış açısı olmuş:) arka plan renkleri ile uyumlu. Eline sağlık.
Bi slaven germ...

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-12 19:12]

Slav Durzan,
you have captured this bird view very well. Excellent presentation in great sharpness. The view is so splendid and the pose is lively. I like the pose and the surrounding that depicts the wilderness and natural view.


Selamlar durzan bey,
göz halkalarına varıncaya kadar mükemmel bir netlik sunmuşsunuz.
tebrik ediyorum.
en güzel dileklerimle,

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