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Sardinian Warbler

(Sylvia melanocephala)
German name(s): "Samtkopfgrasmücke", "Samtkopf-Grasmücke"
Size: 13-14 cm
Weight: 12-25 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Sardinian Warbler at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "melanocephala"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2017]

Near-lateral view of a male Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Close-up lateral view of a male Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Lateral view of a male Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Lateral view of a male Sardinian Warbler with its tail cocked to vertical (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Lateral view of a male Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

Near-frontal view of a female Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, July 2015]

Lateral view of a female Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a female Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

Dorsal/ventral view of a female Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Sardinian Warbler; note the grey head, dark iris, pale eye-ring and buff undertail coverts (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Dorsal view of a juvenile Sardinian Warbler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Apr - Jul Eggs: 3 - 5 Incubation period: 12 - 15 days Fledging age: 12 - 13 days

Nest building: Female Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Sardinian Warblers have a preference for nesting in low shrubs or brambles, also in gardens. They usually have 2 broods per season, with 1 or 3 brood/s also possible.

Nest

Type: Basket Material: Twigs, grass stems Height above ground: 0.3 - 1? m

Lateral view of a Sardinian Warbler chick that had fallen out of its nest and was put back to safety (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

View from above into a Sardinian Warbler nest with four eggs in it (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Eggs

Size: 19 x 14 mm Colour: Grey to pink-grey, with mid- to dark-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Female Sardinian Warbler, left, begging the male, right, for food? (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora Evora, Portugal, January 2016]

Food, Diet

Near-lateral view of a male Sardinian Warbler with its prey, a small insect (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Near-lateral view of a female Sardinian Warbler with its prey, a caterpillar (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

Lateral view of a female Sardinian Warbler with its prey, a caterpillar (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

Lateral view of a female Sardinian Warbler swallowing its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-frontal view of a female Sardinian Warbler with pollen stuck to its forehead, which indicates that they may feed on nectar (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Lateral view of a female Sardinian Warbler with pollen stuck to its forehead (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

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.

sardwrb_jp_20180407.m4a melanocephala
(Portugal)
Territorial calls? © JP
sardwrb_jp_20190601.m4a melanocephala
(Portugal)
Distress calls
(chick fallen from nest)
© JP

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