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Bird name:

Lesser Whitethroat

Sylvia curruca

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

BTO 2

LW

BTO 5

LESWH

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Lesser Whitethroat is a summer resident in much of England and Wales, and part of southern Scotland. It has a "Green" status because of its large, stable population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Lesser Whitethroat: Small, secretive warbler with grey-brown back and wings and off-white underparts which may have a pink wash in early spring. Head is grey with darker grey wing coverts, chin and throat are white. Tail is grey with white outer feathers. Bill is black; legs, tail are dark grey.


Range and Habitat

Lesser Whitethroat: Found in Wales, England and southern Scotland, very rarely in Ireland. Arrives from northeastern Africa in April or May. Found in hedgerows, shrubs, including blackthorn and hawthorn, abandoned industrial sites, and overgrown railway embankments. Also breeds in Europe and Asia.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tac", "tac"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lesser Whitethroat has also been called the Hazel Linnet, after its fondness for hazel bushes.
  • It prefers to skulk in thick bushes and undergrowth, making it difficult to observe until it sings or calls.
  • Unlike most typical warblers, the sexes are nearly identical.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
Wing covertsX
The feathers that cover and protect the flight feathers.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX