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Bird name:

Melodious Warbler

Hippolais polyglotta




Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)





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Breeding Location:


Breeding Type:

Monogamous, Solitary nester

Egg Colour:

Pink to purple eggs with dark spots.

Number of Eggs:

4 - 5

Incubation Days:

12 - 13

Egg Incubator:


Nest Material:

Stems, twigs, bark, lichen, spider webs, grass, and fur.

Nest Location:

Half a metre to five metres above the ground in a tree.




Melodious Warbler: Fairly large warbler, grey-green upperparts, yellow underparts, brighter yellow on throat. Plain yellow in front of eye, narrow white-yellow eye ring with hint of line behind eye. Medium, yellow-orange and grey bill, medium buff-brown legs. Medium length wings and tail. Immature like adult but duller, more white on underparts. Forages for a variety of insects, larvae, and spiders by picking prey off leaves and stems of bushes and trees.

Range and Habitat

Melodious Warbler: Found in southwest Europe and northwest Africa during the summer; winters in West Africa. A scarce but regular annual migrant in the UK where it has occurred in many regions, usually during spring and fall migration. The Melodious Warbler prefers forest edge, gardens, and other open woodland habitats.

Breeding and Nesting

Melodious Warbler: Four to six lavender eggs with a few black-brown speckles are laid in a large cup nest constructed with stems, twigs, grass, lichen, bark, and spider webs, and lined with fur or soft vegetation. The nest is built .5 to five metres above the ground in a forked branch of a tree, and the female incubates the eggs for 12 to 13 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Melodious Warbler: This fairly large warbler feeds on a variety of insects and their larvae, and spiders. It forages by moving through trees and bushes and picking prey items off of vegetation with its bill.


Melodious Warbler: Song is a series of rapid warbles, nasal calls, and chattering notes. May include mimicry. Call is a series of "te-te-te-te" notes. Chatter and "tek" calls also given.

Similar Species

Melodious Warbler: Icterine Warbler has a very long primary projection, but otherwise is nearly identical. Wood Warbler has a dark eye line and yellow supercilium.


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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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