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Common Whitethroat Bird

Identification of Common Whitethroat Bird

Common Whitethroat Bird 1 Length: 13-15cm Wingspan: 18.5-23cm Call: "dverhr dverhr dverhr"

Common whitethroat bird is a sturdy and large-headed warbler with a fairly long white-sided tail. The male has a greyish head, a white orbital ring and a grey-brown back, and in all plumages shows broad bright rufous margins to the secondaries, tertials and wing coverts. The underparts are whitish, with pure white on the throat contrasting with a pink flush on the breast. The Common Whitethroat bird (female) is browner, washed buff on the breast, with a brown head, pale orbital eyering and pale brown eye.

Habitat of Common Whitethroat Bird

Common whitethroat bird is a summer visitor, favouring scrubby places in a wide range of habitats. It can be found in farmland with hedges, tall herbage, crops, low bushes, bramble thickets, shrubby margins of wetlands, open woodland clearings and forest edge, from sunny lowland areas to upland hillsides. Often confiding and curious, posing on the tops of bushes.

Song / Call of Common Whitethroat Bird

Common Whitethroat Bird 2

Quite vocal, with a range of call notes, such as a nervous, nasal "dverhr dverhr dverhr" and a low "dzhuurrr", a lively "whit-whit-whit" which often precedes song, and a sharp, often repeated "tak". The song of Common whitethroat bird is a brisk and lively warble, quite shrill and scratchy and delivered from a raised perch, or a little longer, richer and more fluid when given in a jerky little song flight. In its simplest version it is just 1-1.5 seconds long, with 6-12 note components, such as an easy-to-remember "witchetty-witchetty-witchetty-witch!" or more accurately as "weech'u-cheh'weh-i'chu-chi'chiih!", often slightly descending through the sequence and ascending sometimes on the final two or three notes. Longer and more complex versions can last up to 10 seconds or more, and sound more warbling and similar to other Sylvia species.