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Desert Whitethroat

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Desert Whitethroat

Scientific Name:  Sylvia (curruca) minula

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Bird Type:  Perching Birds    381  Views




IDENTITY:

Slightly smaller than Lesser, with finer bill. Has paler, sandy grey-brown upperparts with sandy fringes to coverts and edges to secondaries forming sandy panel on wing. Tail slightly darker grey-brown than rump/uppertail-coverts, but shows little contrast(unlike Lesser). Forehead and crown paler grey than in Lesser, and Usually lacks darker 'mask', giving 'plain-faced' appearance. Underparts often washed with warm buff(more than in Lesser).

BASIC:

  • 13-13 cm

  • 5-5 Inch

  • gray

  • white  (Bird may have more colors)
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HABIT AND HABITED:

Inhabits open woodland and scrub, feeding on insects and nectar, usually high in trees but also in bushes.

FOOD:

May be like lesser Whitethroat

VOICE:

Pleasant, rather quiet and varied warbling song.

INFO:

The desert whitethroat (Sylvia minula) is a typical warbler. Until recently, it was considered conspecific with the lesser whitethroat as some authorities now reinstate. These are seen as members of a superspecies. The desert whitethroat together with Hume's whitethroat form an Asian lineage in the superspecies, which have diverged into species adapted to drier lowlands and moister mountain habitats respectively. The name small whitethroat has also been used by some authors, and desert lesser whitethroat before it was split from lesser whitethroat.

It is distinguished from Hume's and lesser whitethroats by its smaller size (12 cm length, 8–13 g weight), smaller bill, the uniformly paler grey head lacking the well-marked dark cheeks of Hume's and lesser whitethroats, and a lighter grey-brown back; in these differences it follows Gloger's rule of pale colour in arid regions. The throat is white, and the rest of the underparts pale greyish-white.




DISTRIBUTION MAP:
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    Resident (inc. local and altitudinal migrants)
    Former range (no recent records but may still survive)
    Summer visitor (including summer monsoon)
    Winter visitor
    Passage (autumn and/or spring) visitor
    known to be occasional, scarce or erratic
    Small isolated population (actual range smaller)  
    Isolated record(s) - one or more in the same area  
 colour coded for seasonality as per coloured ranges, black denotes unspecified season

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