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Bird name:

Subalpine Warbler

Sylvia cantillans

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

BTO 2

VZ

BTO 5

SUBWA

Euring 5

12650
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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Subalpine Warbler is a rare migrant in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland with 11 records per year on average. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant.

SUMMARY

Overview

Subalpine Warbler: Small warbler, blue-grey above, red-brown below, white belly and vent. Red-orange eye ring, white moustache, slight, brown-yellow and grey bill, fairly long wings with grey-brown edging. White outer feathers in tail, brown-yellow legs. Female has buff eye ring, white and buff below. Juvenile more brown above, black tertials.


Range and Habitat

Subalpine Warbler: Rare vagrant to the UK & Ireland, where it has occurred in many regions and is most likely during May. Breeds throughout southern Europe east to Turkey as well as northern Africa. Winters in the Sahal region of Africa. It prefers low, dense vegetation.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.
  • In Europe there is an estimated 1,400,000–3,200,000 breeding pairs.
  • They are vagrants to Britain annually.

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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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.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
UnderpartsX

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

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