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Bird name:

Whitethroat

Sylvia communis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

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BTO 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Whitethroat is a summer resident in much of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Green" status because of its large, stable population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Whitethroat: Medium-sized warbler with grey head, white throat, and brown upperparts; wing feathers have red-brown edges giving them a chestnut appearance. Underparts are buff, may have a pink wash, belly is white. Long brown tail has white outer feathers. Grey-brown bill, pale brown legs and feet.


Range and Habitat

Whitethroat: Widespread in the UK and Ireland, more common in the south and east of England, scarce in Ireland. Found in many habitats, such as forest glades and edges, young plantations, thick hedges and scrub, brambles and gorse. Not found in mountainous and urban areas. Winters in North Africa.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Whitethroat 3

  • Title: Whitethroat 3
  • Description: Song is a raspy warble.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Whitethroat 6

  • Title: Whitethroat 6
  • Description: Song is a musical "chee-chee-wee" that rises and falls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Whitethroat 4

  • Title: Whitethroat 4
  • Description: Various calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Whitethroat 5

  • Title: Whitethroat 5
  • Description: Alarm call is a repeated "chack-chack".
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Jean Roche Similar Sounding

Barred Warbler 1

  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Title: Barred Warbler 1
  • Description: Song is a series of musical phrases.
  • Location: uk
  • Date: "February 7, 2011"

Voice Text

"che-che-worra-che-wi", "tcharr", "churr", " tac-tak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Whitethroat is also known as the Nettle Creeper.
  • Droughts in their winter range caused a 70% population decline from which they are still recovering.
  • They were once thought to be closely related to the Lesser Whitethroat, this has been disproven.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

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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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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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