French: Fauvette pitchou German: Provencegrasmücke Spanish: Curruca rabilarga
Subspecies and Distribution
S. u. dartfordiensis
Latham, 1787 – S England and W France S to extreme N Iberian Peninsula.
S. u. undata
(Boddaert, 1783) – S France, Iberian Peninsula, Balearic Is (Menorca, locally in N Mallorca), Corsica, Sardinia and Italy (including parts of Sicily).
S. u. toni
E. J. O. Hartert, 1909 – NW Africa (NE Morocco E to N Tunisia), and perhaps S Iberia; non-breeding S to N edge of Sahara.
12·5 cm; 6·8–10·5 g. Small and graceful warbler with very long tail, short rounded wings. Male nominate race breeding has slaty ash-grey head and... read more
Song, from cover or bushtop or in song flight, a rather short and hurried warble (c. 1–3... read more
Favours dense and homogeneous scrub, garrigue and low maquis c. 0·5–1·5 m tall... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly arthropods; also berries outside breeding season. Invertebrate food includes adult and larval moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera),... read more
Season mostly mid-Mar to Aug; laying from mid-Mar to late Mar in Iberian Peninsula, Balearic Is (Menorca) and Channel Is, early Apr in S... read more
Adults largely resident in most of range; vacate breeding territories only under very extreme... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Rather patchily distributed throughout its range, but locally common to very common. Population in Europe (95%... read more
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