119. Sylvia subalpina

119. SUBALPINE WARBLER.
SYLVIA SUBALPINA.
Sylvia subalpina, Bonelli, fide Temm. Man. d’Orn, i. p. 214 (1820) ; Temm. Pl. Col. 6, fig. 2, and 251, figs. 2, 3 ; Dresser, ii. p. 389, pl. 59 ; Seebohm, Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 27 ; S. leucopogon, Meyer, Taschenb. Deutsch. Vogelk., iii. p. 91 ; Gould, B. of. E. pl. 124.
Babillarde subalpine, French ; Sterpazzolina, Ital ; Cagachin, Span.
Male ad. (Greece). Upper parts plumbeous ash darker on the crown, sides of the head and neck, wings and tail blackish brown, the former with lighter margins ; outer tail-feather white washed with brown at the tip, the next marked with white at the tip ; throat and upper breast rich ferruginous chestnut ; a white line from the base of the bill bordering the red on the throat ; rest of the under parts white, washed with pale rufous, the flanks with ashy grey ; bill dark horn, yellowish at the base of the lower mandible ; legs fleshy brown ; iris brown, the edge of the eyelids reddish. Culmen 0.5, wing 2.45, tail 2.15, tarsus 0.75 inch. The female lacks the red on the throat, has the upper parts ashy brown and the under parts buffy white, the flunks and sides of the breast washed with buffy brown.
Hab. Southern Europe and north Africa east to Palestine and probably Persia, and west to the Canaries.
In general habits it resembles the Whitethroat, inhabiting the low bushes on the plains, grass covered plains, and grain fields. Its flight is low and weak, but it moves about actively amongst the bushes. Its call-note is low and harsh and its song is short and hurried but melodious. Its nest is con¬structed of dry grass-bents, lined with fine roots, and a little plantcotton and is usually placed on a low bush. Its eggs 4 or 5 in number are deposited in April or May and resemble richly coloured varieties of the Dartford Warbler which have the ground colour white.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
119. Sylvia subalpina
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
119
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
81
Common name: 
Subalpine Warbler
M_ID: 
25185
M_CN: 
Moltoni's Warbler
M_SN: 
Sylvia subalpina
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10872

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