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Asian Desert Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Seyed Babak Mus
Near Jask, Iran, January, 2005
Curruca nana

Sylvia nana


  • Greyish-sandy back and head
  • Whitish underparts
  • Yellow eye

Sexes identical


South central temperate Asia. Caspian Sea to Mongolia and western China; winters to north-eastern Africa and India


This is a monotypic species.[1]

Subspecies S. n. theresae is not recognised by all authorities[2]

Formerly considered conspecific with the African Desert Warbler.


Open desert plateau, farmland and woods.



The diet includes insects but it will also take berries.


Four to six eggs are laid in a nest which is placed in a low shrub.


  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/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Avian Web
  5. BF Member observations

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