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. Nominate race 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
Nominate race favours steppe-desert and semi-desert areas covered with Artemisia, low... 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 (nominate); in Africa (deserti), from Jan to early Mar in S of range, where perhaps two... read more
Race deserti resident to partially migratory: probably largely sedentary or undertaking... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race common to very common in more suitable breeding habitats, and scarce to common on wintering grounds; deserti... read more
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