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Booted Warbler - BirdForum Opus

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Chudovo, Russian Federation
Iduna caligata


11–12·5 cm (4¼-5 in)
These are small warblers, especially compared to others in their genus.

They are pale brown (weak tea colour) above and whitish below with buff flanks. The outer tail feathers have pale edges. They have a short pale supercilium, and the bill is strong and pointed.

Similar Species

Sykes's Warbler is larger and greyer than Booted, and most resembles an Eastern Olivaceous Warbler.


Breeds from central Russia to western China and migrates to winter in the Indian Subcontinent as far south as Sri Lanka.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Sykes's Warbler has been considered conspecific with this species, but the split is widely accepted now.
Sometimes placed in genus Hippolais.


These small passerine birds are found in open country with bushes and other tall vegetation.



The 3-4 eggs are laid in a nest in a bush or vegetation. Like most warblers they are insectivorous.


Call: Zett (sounds like two stones clicking together.
Song: A fast, chattering mix of chirrups and babbles.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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