Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Lesser Whitethroat, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, March 2010 - click for larger image

Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

The Lesser Whitethroat breeds over a large part of Europe and Asia but migrates southwards to sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and India during the northern winter. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. During migration it is found in trees or undergrowth.

It is distinguished from Common Whitethroat S. communis by its dark legs and its dark ear-coverts.

Oscar Campbell recorded a Lesser Whitethroat in Abu Dhabi with the following comments: "Agitated bird calling from canopy of low trees. This scolding call is typical of birds that winter in the UAE and northern Oman, subspecies believed to be halimodendri but this should be regarded as tentative."

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