French: Fauvette à lunettes German: Brillengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca tomillera
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. conspicillata
Temminck, 1820 – SW & S Europe (Iberia E to Italy and Sicily) and NW Africa (S to WC Mauritania#R, E to NW Libya), also Cyprus, S Turkey#R and Levant; non-breeding mainly NW Africa, N Egypt, and E Mediterranean region.
S. c. orbitalis
(Wahlberg, 1854) – Madeira, Canary Is and Cape Verde Is.
12 cm; 7·8–13·1 g. Small and dainty, moderately long-tailed warbler with rather short and rounded wings. Male nominate race breeding has light slate-grey... read more
Song, usually from bush perch or in song flight, less frequently from treetop, composed of short,... read more
Favours very low scrubland (c. 0·5–1 m tall) in mostly dry warm Mediterranean areas,... read more
Food and feeding
Food mostly small arthropods and insect larvae and eggs; recorded prey include spiders (Araneae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), flies (Diptera... read more
Season Feb–Jun, from mid-Feb in NW Africa and Cyprus, from Mar/Apr in SW Europe; race orbitalis breeds in most months except... read more
Resident and partial migrant. Race orbitalis mostly sedentary, undertaking some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, both on breeding and on wintering grounds, but usually patchily distributed. Typically rather local and discontinuous... read more
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