French: Pouillot véloce German: Zilpzalp Spanish: Mosquitero común
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. abietinus
(Nilsson, 1819) – Scandinavia (except S), Baltic states, Belarus and W Russia E at least to Kanin Peninsula and the Urals; non-breeding Balkans S to W, NE & E Africa and Arabia.
P. c. collybita
(Vieillot, 1817) – British Is E to S Sweden, and from France and NC & NE Spain to Poland, Balkans, Romania, Bulgaria and NW Turkey; non-breeding around Mediterranean (sporadically to S Ireland, C England and Netherlands) and from NW & W Africa (including Canary Is) to Middle East.
P. c. brevirostris
(Strickland, 1837) – highlands of NW & N Turkey.
P. c. caucasicus
Loskot, 1991 – Caucasus and Transcaucasus S to NW & N Iran.
P. c. menzbieri
Shestoperov, 1937 – NE Iran (E Elburz Mts and Khorasan Mts) and SW Turkmenistan.
11–12 cm; 6–10·9 g. A medium-sized, rather plain leaf-warbler with relatively “compact” primary projection. Nominate race has pale yellowish (... read more
Call (nominate and abietinus) a soft and melancoly “hooeet”, “hweet... read more
Lowland deciduous forest and woodland with low undergrowth, also parks, hedgerows, shelterbelts,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects and their eggs and larvae, also other arthropods; also small molluscs (Gastropoda); seeds and berries sometimes taken,... read more
Apr to early Aug; in S of range usually two broods, second clutch laid in Jun. Mostly monogamous, but in parts of range male defends two... read more
Races caucasicus and menzbieri largely altitudinal migrants; ascent to breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or locally common. Race tristis uncommon in Altai and E Tien Shan. European population estimated to be c. 16,500,000 pairs, most of... read more
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