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Upcher's Warbler

(Hippolais languida)
Size: 14-15 cm

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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 Upcher's Warbler at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of an Upcher's Warbler
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Near-lateral view of an Upcher's Warbler with its tail fanned
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Lateral portrait of an Upcher's Warbler
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Lateral view of an Upcher's Warbler
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Upcher's Warbler with drooping wings
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Upcher's Warbler seen preening
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Upcher's Warbler hunting insects in an acacia tree
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Upcher's Warbler checking out the photographer
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Upcher's Warbler with a deformed bill

While observed by us, the bird shown below was not obviously hampered by its misaligned mandibles, several insects falling victim to its snaps.

Frontal view of an Upcher's Warbler with a deformed bill
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Lateral view of the same Upcher's Warbler as above
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Slightly different posture, showing clearly the misaligned mandibles; the lower mandible appears to be skewed sideways
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Here the bill seen from slightly below
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Back of an Upcher's Warbler
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

While most of the time hunting insects in the top branches of an acacia, this Upcher's Warbler also occasionally went down to the ground
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

In between meals, there is time to preen; this posture shows clearly the characteristic light colours of the undertail coverts of Upcher's Warbler

Food, Diet

Like all warblers known to us, Upcher's Warblers feed on insects that they catch in flight or pick from foliage.

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