Sylvia curruca Linnaeus, 1758
Common names: Lesser whitethroat [En], Fauvette babillarde [Fr], Braamsluiper [Nl], Klappergrasmücke [De], Bigiarella comune [It], Curruca zarcerilla [Es], Βουνοτσιροβάκος, Λαλοτσιροβάκος [Gr], Küçük Akgerdanlı Ötleşen [Tu]
IUCN Status: LC (Least Concern)
Cape Greco (Κάβο Γκρέκο, Cavo Greco), PAPHOS (Πάφος, Baf) ● Cyprus
Description: Unlike many typical warblers, the sexes are almost identical. This is a small species with a grey back, whitish underparts, a grey head with a darker “bandit mask” through the eyes and a white throat. It is slightly smaller than the whitethroat, and lacks the chestnut wings and uniform head-face color of that species.
This species has been commonly assumed to be closely related to the whitethroat, as their common names imply.
Only two subspecies are nowadays unequivocally recognized for the lesser whitethroat, and they intergrade throughout Central Europe:
• S. c. curruca – Western lesser whitethroat – western parts of range
• S. c. blythi – Northeastern lesser whitethroat – eastern parts of range. Has somewhat paler top of head, separated from face sides by white supercilium.
Biology: Like most “warblers”, it is insectivorous, but will also take berries and other soft fruit.
The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3–7 eggs are laid.
Habitat: This is a bird of fairly open country and cultivation, with large bushes for nesting and some trees.
Distribution: It breeds in temperate Europe, except the southwest, and in western and central Asia. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, wintering in Africa just south of the Sahara, Arabia and India.
Wikipedia, Lesser whitethroat