French: Bouscarle de Cetti German: Seidensänger Spanish: Cetia ruiseñor
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. cetti
(Temminck, 1820) – W Europe (S from S Britain) and N coast of Mediterranean, throughout Greece and much of S Balkans E to W & NW Black Sea coast; also NW Africa (Morocco E to Tunisia).
C. c. orientalis
Tristram, 1867 – Turkey, Cyprus and Levant E to Iraq W & S Iran (foothills of Zagros Mts), NW Kazakhstan (from upper R Ural E to R Nura Valley).
C. c. albiventris
Severtsov, 1873 – S & E Kazakhstan (from R Syrdarya E to L Balkhash and S Altai foothills) and extreme NW China (NW Xinjiang), S to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, NE Iran and NW Afghanistan; non-breeding S Iran, S Afghanistan and Pakistan (S to Sind) and NW India (Punjab, Rajasthan).
13·5–14·5 cm; male 10–18·5 g, female 8–16·5 g. Medium-sized robust-looking bush-warbler with fairly short rounded wings and tail... read more
Song, mostly by male (though female also sings), usually given from thick cover but also from more... read more
Mainly swampy lowland areas with thick cover of reeds and sparse bushes (rarely in uniform reedbeds... read more
Food and feeding
Food consists mostly of damselflies (Odonata), aphids and other bugs (Hemiptera), earwigs (Dermaptera), adult and larval moths (Lepidoptera... read more
Season mid-Apr to Jul/Aug; two broods. Monogamous, but more frequently polygamous; pair-bond not strong, partners associating only for... read more
Resident and migratory; nominate race largely sedentary but also partial and altitudinal migrant.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common throughout NW, W & S Europe; common and widespread in Morocco and N Algeria, but rare in Tunisia; common in N Iraq, and... read more
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