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Lesser Whitethroat

(Sylvia curruca)
Alternate name(s): "Desert Lesser Whitethroat"
German name(s): "Klappergrasmücke"

Size: 12.5-13.5 cm; wingspan: 16.5-20.5 cm
Weight: 7-18 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lesser Whitethroat at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "curruca"

MALE

Frontal view of a male Lesser Whitethroat; the determination of the sex was made by behaviour, not by physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a male Lesser Whitethroat; the determination of the sex was made by behaviour, not by physical appearance - this is the bird whose calls were recorded in May 2016 (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Lateral view of a male Lesser Whitethroat; the determination of the sex was made by behaviour, not by physical appearance - this is the bird whose calls were recorded in May 2016 (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Lateral view of a (probably male) Lesser Whitethroat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a (probably male) Lesser Whitethroat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Dorsal view of a male Lesser Whitethroat; the determination of the sex was made by behaviour, not by physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Lesser Whitethroat; the determination of the sex was made by behaviour, not by physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a female Lesser Whitethroat; the determination of the sex was made by behaviour, not by physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a Lesser Whitethroat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Near-lateral view of a Lesser Whitethroat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Lateral view of a Lesser Whitethroat (photo courtesy of A. Sarok)
[5 km North of Temerin, Serbia, May 2016]

Lateral view of a Lesser Whitethroat searching for insects (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a male Lesser Whitethroat (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Apr - Jul Eggs: 3 - 7 Incubation period: ? Fledging age: ?

Nest

Type: Basket Material: Twigs, grass stems Height above ground: 1 - 3? m

Lesser Whitethroat nest in a garden shrub right next to the wall of a house (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Eggs

Size: 17 x 13 mm Colour: Grey-white, with dark-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

View of the 6 eggs in a Lesser Whitethroat nest (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Food, Diet

Lesser Whitethroats are primarily insectivores, but will occasionally also take soft fruit or berries.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

deslwht_dw_20160504.mp3 curruca
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW
deslwht_dw_20160523.mp3 curruca
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW

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