French: Fauvette naine German: Wüstengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca enana
Hemprich and Ehrenberg
El Tor, Sinai Peninsula, north-east Egypt
From N & E Caspian Sea coasts and NE Iran E to C & S Mongolia and NW China; non-breeding NE Africa (mostly along Red Sea coast) and Arabia E to NW India.
11·5 cm; 7–10·6 g. Small and compact, rather short-tailed warbler with relatively short wings. Adult breeding is drab greyish-brown above, with... read more
Song, from inside cover or treetop, sometimes from ground or in song flight, rather short (c. 1... read more
Favours steppe-desert and semi-desert areas covered with Artemisia, low scrub and grasses... read more
Food and feeding
Apparently mostly small insects, also some seeds and berries. Invertebrate food includes adult and larval butterflies and moths (... read more
Laying from late Apr in Turkmenistan, from May in Mongolia. Apparently always monogamous; solitary, territorial breeder. In song flight,... read more
A long-distance migrant, with non-breeding range from NE Africa and S Israel E to S & E Iran... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to very common in more suitable breeding habitats, and scarce to common on wintering grounds. Estimates of breeding population... read more
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