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Bird name:

Dartford Warbler

Sylvia undata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

BTO 2

DW

BTO 5

DARWA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Dartford Warbler is resident in a small area of southern England. It has an "Amber" status because it is globally Near Threatened, and has a small, localised population in the UK.

SUMMARY

Overview

Dartford Warbler: Small warbler with long, slender, dark grey tail often held cocked up. Upperparts dark grey, underparts dark, red-brown with white dotting on throat, and white on the belly. Red eye ring and red iris. Short, slender bill has yellow brown base. Short, dark wings with pale edging.


Range and Habitat

Dartford Warbler: Resident breeder found primarily in the southern lowlands of England. Can be seen year round. Habitats include heath and gorse scrub areas. Easiest to see as it flies between bushes while foraging for insects.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tchir-rr", "tak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Dartford Warblers almost died out in the United Kingdom in the severe winter of 1962/1963. The national population dropped to just 10 pairs.
  • In Dartford Heath in north-west Kent, they became extinct in the early 20th century. Due to this fact, the warbler bears the name Dartford.
  • 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.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
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