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Sylvia mystacea

Sylvia mystacea
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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: 2011-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Faûna Mesopotamia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-27 2:15
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Points: 44
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Menetries's Warbler or Ménétries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) is a small passerine bird of south-west Asia belonging to the genus Sylvia. The name of the species commemorates Édouard Ménétries, the French zoologist who described the species in 1832. It is closely related to the Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala) of the Mediterranean basin and is similar to it in appearance.

The Menetries's Warbler is 12 to 14 cm long with a wingspan of 15 to 19 cm and weighs about 9-11 grams. Its fairly long tail is blackish with white on the outer-feathers and is often held cocked. It is frequently wagged up and down or from side to side. The bill is fairly heavy and is dark with a pinkish patch at the base. There is a pale bare ring around the eye.
The male of the nominate subspecies S. m. mystacea is dark greyish above and whitish below with a white submoustachial stripe and a pink throat and breast. It has a dark cap which is dull black at the front but becomes paler further back and merges into the grey nape unlike the Sardininan Warbler which has an entirely jet-black cap. Menetries's Warblers have rather plain tertial feathers unlike the Sardinian Warbler which has tertials with more obvious dark centres and pale edges. The western subspecies S. m. rubescens is paler grey above than the nominate and the pink on the underparts is paler or absent entirely. The eastern subspecies S. m. turcmenica is paler grey above and paler pink below than the nominate and has longer wings than both the other subspecies. Male Menetries's Warblers become browner outside the breeding season with a less dark cap.
The female is sandy grey-brown above and buff-white below. It is similar to female Sardinian and Subalpine Warblers but has plainer tertial feathers and more contrast between the pale back and dark tail. First-winter males are similar to females but may have some pink on the throat and breast.
The species has a harsh buzzing call as well as a sparrow-like chattering call. The song of the male is a quiet chattering which mixes musical and harsh notes and is often given in flight.

It is a migratory bird, nesting in south-west Asia and wintering southwards as far as north-east Africa. The subspecies S. m. mystacea breeds from the Caspian Sea region of Russia down through Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and easternmost Turkey to northern Iran. S. m. rubescens breeds locally in south-east Turkey, Syria, Iraq, western Iran and possibly in Lebanon. S. m. turcmenica occurs from north-east Iran eastward to the Syr Darya valley in Central Asia and the Balochistan region in Pakistan.
The winter range covers southern Iran, Arabia and Northeast Africa from Sudan to Somalia. A few birds pass through Israel and Jordan on migration and vagrants have been recorded from Portugal, Nigeria and Niger.

It occurs in scrub, thickets, open woodland, cultivated areas and gardens in areas with dry, continental climates. It is typically found in steppe regions, on mountain slopes and along rivers and is often associated with tamarisk bushes. It forages among leaves and branches for insects and other invertebrates, starting at the top of a bush and moving downwards. It also feeds on fruit and seeds.

The cup-shaped nest is built in low vegetation, up to 90 cm above the ground. It is made of twigs, stems and grass leaves with feathers and hair used in the lining. Four or five eggs are laid and are incubated for 11 to 13 days. They are glossy white with brown spots. The young birds fledge after 10 or 11 days. Both sexes are involved in incubating the eggs and caring for the young. They usually raise two broods during the breeding season.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Genus: Sylvia
Species: S. mystacea
Binomial name
Sylvia mystacea

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-27 2:22]

Hi Durzan,a magnificent pic of this little and interesing bird,the light balance is fantastic for the best white and the details truely super,impossible to make better.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-27 3:21]

Hello Durzan.
Excellent presentation of the Menetries's Warbler with unusual pose. This is sharp, well-composed and well presented with good neutral BG.Great shot.Best regards Siggi

Super Sylvia portrait!!!
Very good photo, clarity, color and composition are great.

Hi Durzan,

Wow what a terrific image of this Sylvia mystacea Warbler my friend, amazing detailed sharpness with fine clarity, superb exposure/white balance control that compliments these beautiful natural colours, love the in-keeping pale brown out of focus background that pulls the bird forward, quality work here Durzan and well done,
Best regards,


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-27 3:41]

Hi Durzan,
Splendid photo of this interesting Ménétries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea), very interesting species, TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-27 4:07]

Hello Durzan,
Very subtle shot of this elegant species of Warbler. The low light makes the picture somehow mysterious and special. Love the brown tints and the framing you have chosen.
fine work!
Kind regards

Ciao Durzan. Intrigant playing of light and excellent focused eye for the bird in dynamic posture. Superb paint MF!


Superb composition, great details and lighting.
Wonderfull to see this bird. regards yiannis

Hello Durzan,
A wonderful bird in a beautiful pose taken with fine details and natural colours. I also like ideal POV and OOF BG. Well done!

Hi Durzan,
Excellent shot of this Sylvia mystacea, great details sharpness, lovely highlighted eye, beautiful colours and very nice pleasing background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Ciao Durzan, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Durzan,
Très bonne valorisation du sujet dans une bonne composition et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-27 7:48]

Slav Dürzan,
A very fine capture of a singing male Sylvia mystacea. The POV is perfect and taken with excellent sharpness and colours. As this has a white coloured breast this must be the western subspecies.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Durzan,
another nice and interesting bird captured from excellent point of view. Nice natural colours. Excellent sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Slav Durzan,
a superb capture of this Sylvia taken from an excellent point of view with fine details and marvellous colours, very beautiful vertical composition
Best regards

a great scene a great performance!
regards Nasos

Durzan Hello, beautiful capture and excellent image. One shot really nice light and detail. All the best, Paul

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-27 18:29]

Beautiful portrait with lovely composition. tfs.

Hello Durzan
Beautiful photo! Interesting species, good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-28 2:47]

Hello Durzan,
A wonderful close capture of this little Warbler in a nice singing pose and with great focus on the eye. The fine details and colours stand out so well against the beautiful pastel background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Merhaba Durzan,

Extraordinary beautiful photo. Like a painting. Bravo... Best regards...ilker

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-28 7:26]

Slav Durzan,
very nice capture of the bird with clarity and excitement of beauty on a simple pestel colored background.
splendid sharpness and really a well displayed featured.


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