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African Desert Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Momo
Photo taken: Hamada du Drâa, Morocco
Curruca deserti

Sylvia deserti


  • Sand-coloured back and head
  • Whitish underparts
  • Yellow eye

Sexes similar.


Per Clements August 2021, Deserts of northwestern Africa to eastern Libya
North-western Africa:
Southern Morocco, central and southern Algeria, southern Tunisia, western Libya south to Mauritania, northern Mali and Nigeria.


This is a monotypic species.[1]
Formerly considered conspecific with the Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana. This species is buffy-brown rather than grey-brown, and a resident rather than a migrant.


Deserts and other arid environments, with some bushes for nesting.



The nest is built in low shrub, and 4-6 eggs are laid.


The diet includes insects and berries.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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