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Eastern Orphean Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by kuwaity
national park , sabiya, Kuwait, September 2004
Curruca crassirostris

Sylvia crassirostris


  • Long pointed bill
  • Black legs

Adult males

  • Plain grey back and whitish underparts
  • dark grey head
  • Black eye mask
  • White throat
  • Iris may be white but is dark in most individuals
Photo by ammadoux
Desert tree- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March, 2011

Females and immatures

  • Brownish-grey back
  • Paler head and buff underparts
  • Iris is dark in many if not most

Similar species

More varied song, pinker belly, and sometimes more strongly marked hood than the very similar Western Orphean Warbler.


Breeds in the eastern Mediterranean (from Slovenia east) through the Balkan peninsula to Turkey, the Middle East, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 3 subspecies.

This species was formerly lumped with Western Orphean Warbler to Orphean Warbler.


  • C. c. crassirostris:
  • C. c. balchanica:
  • C. c. jerdoni


Open deciduous woodland.


A Migratory species.


The nest is build in a tree or bush; the clutch consists of 4-6 eggs.


The diet consists mostly of insects.


  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. Birdforum thread discussing some aspects of id of Eastern Orphean Warbler
  3. Wikipedia

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