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Common Whitethroat

(Sylvia communis)
Alternate name(s): "Greater Whitethroat"
German name(s): "Dorngrasmücke"

Size: 13-15 cm; wing span 18.5-23 cm
Weight: 8-23 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Whitethroat at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Common Whitethroat singing in the top of a shrub; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance - this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 9 May 2016 (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a male Common Whitethroat singing in the top of a shrub; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

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

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Common Whitethroat; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a female Common Whitethroat; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a female Common Whitethroat; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Lateral view of a female Common Whitethroat; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Lateral view of a female Common Whitethroat; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Common Whitethroat; the distinction between the sexes was made by behaviour, rather than physical appearance (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, river Bug, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

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.

wthroat_dw_20160509.mp3 (Poland) Territorial calls (male) © DW
wthroat_dw_20160602.mp3 (Poland) Territorial calls (male) © DW

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