French: Hypolaïs polyglotte German: Orpheusspötter Spanish: Zarcero políglota
France and Iberia E to S Belgium, extreme SE Netherlands, SW Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, W Croatia and Corsica, and in NW Africa (N Morocco, N Algeria, N Tunisia); winters in W Africa from Gambia and Senegal E to Nigeria and Cameroon.
12–13·5 cm; 8–14 g. Medium-sized warbler with pointed bill, rounded crown and square-cut tail; moderately long primary projection, abouthalf to two-thirds... read more
Song a varied warble of varying speed and length, usually a drawn-out phrase at extremely fast pace... read more
Occupies maquis, orchards, large and ill-kept gardens, oak (Quercus) scrub, dense thorny... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects and other invertebrates, also some fruits and berries in summer; caterpillars fed to nestlings. Commonest prey perhaps... read more
May–Jul; one brood. Nest a well-built cup of grasses, plant stems and soft twigs, often covered with pieces of bark, lichens, etc.,... read more
Migratory. Spends non-breeding season in W Africa, in savanna N of rainforest, from Gambia and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Not uncommon within much of its range; locally common to very common. Estimated European population in 1990s 1,300,000–2,800,000 pairs, most of... read more
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