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Cyprus Warbler

Sylvia melanothorax
CYPRUS WARBLER

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Aidan Place, Xeno-canto

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Key information: The Cyprus Warbler is more easily seen in the spring, when males set up their territories, by singing on top of bushes. Its song is a dry and rugged warble. It has distinctive black spots on the throat and chest. It is difficult to see, as it is small in size and likes dense vegetation. It nests in Cyprus and nowhere else in the world (it is endemic to Cyprus). Some Cyprus Warblers spend the winter in the Middle East.

Length: 12,5 – 13,5 cm

Habitat: Mountains and forests, farmland, scrub and bushes

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates

In Cyprus: Can be seen in scrub and bushy areas all over Cyprus

Status: Resident breeder, migrant breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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