Sunday, 7 June 2015

Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta)

Latin Etymology: Hippolais (derrived from Greek huplolais - a small bird) polyglotta ("loud voiced, harmonious")
Adult Melodious Warbler (Hipploais polyglottaat Patones, Spain - June 2015

Local Name (Spain): Zarcero comĂșn ("Common Warbler")
Weight: 8-14g
Length: 12-13cm
Wingspan: 18-20cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Melodious Warbler is a species of Warbler that Summers in Western Europe - it is the equivalent of the Eastern European Icterine Warbler - both species are primarily insectivorous and have a yellow chest with brown upper-parts.   We saw a number of individuals of this species in the valley above Patones near Madrid, though they were fairly flighty, only emerging from bushes briefly and at a distance.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Acrocephalidae
Genus: Hippolais
Subspecies: None - monotypic

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Locally common Summer migrant
 - MADRID 2015 TRIP: Common at Patones

Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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