lunes, 11 de abril de 2011

Common Nesting Birds 2

Male Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)

Very common in forest or scrub, especially at low to medium altitude, the noisy rattle-like call of the Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala) is unmistakable, and is emitted during foraging and when perched.

Interestingly, the natural habitat of Canary Island warblers in the past was probably the thermophilous forest, located between the coastal and montane zones, a kind of Mediterranean dry woodland in which wild olive trees, palms, dragon trees, juniper, buckthorn and various other trees and bushes once grew. As these areas were cleared to create farmland, or generally became degraded, warblers were able to expand their range both above and below their original habitat (Atlas de las Aves Nidificantes, Ed. J.A. Lorenzo, 2007).

The photos in this post were all taken in coastal scrubland, on a dull windy day with fairly poor light. Both the male and the female were foraging energetically, in order to deliver food to a nest hidden in a thicket of Rumex lunaria (Tree Sorrel).

Male emitting characteristic rattle-like call

Male Sardinian Warbler perched in a Rumex lunaria bush

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