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Lesser Whitethroat - BirdForum Opus

Ssp. curruca
Photo by IanF
Billingham, UK
Curruca curruca

Sylvia curruca


12·5–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Grey back
  • Whitish underparts
  • Grey head with a dark mask
  • White throat
  • Dark legs
  • Dark bill

Similar Species

Photo by IanF
Billingham, UK

Greater Whitethroat


Europe, and in western and central Asia. Accidental to Alaska with one record.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 6 subspecies.


Ssp. blythi
Photo by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur National Park, India, Jan-2017
  • C. c. curruca:
  • C. c. blythi:
  • C. c. halimodendri:
  • Breeds central Asian steppes, from the lower Ural River and Transcapia east to western Mongolia; primarily winters in southwestern Asia (southeastern Iran to northwestern India), but perhaps also in eastern Africa
  • C. c. minula:
  • C. c. margelanica:
  • Northcentral China
  • C. c. althaea:
  • Mountains of eastern Iran to Afghanistan and northern India; winters


Open country and cultivation, with large bushes for nesting and some trees.



Diet includes insects, berries and other soft fruit.


The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-7 eggs are laid.



  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. Wikipedia

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