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Melodious Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by stefano t63
Sepùlveda, Spain, April, 2010
Hippolais polyglotta


12–13·5 cm (4¾-5¼ in)

  • Plain brown back and wings
  • Yellowish underparts
  • Strong and pointed bill
  • Brown legs

Sexes similar


Adult with fledgling
Photo © by Steve.Jonesy
SW Portugal, June 2019

Southwest Europe and northwest Africa.
Breeds in the western Mediterranean in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, France, Spain, Portugal,Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. It is expanding its breeding range northwards and has recently bred in Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Poland.
Winters in West Africa from the Gambia east to Nigeria and Cameroon.
It is a scarce passage migrant to the United Kingdom and Ireland and is accidental in Scandinavia and Greece.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open woodland with bushes. Orchards, large unkempt gardens, oak scrub and dense thorny thickets.



Their diet consists mostly of insects and invertebrates, with the addition of some summer fruit and berries. They feed caterpillars to the nestlings.


The clutch contains 3-5 eggs. The cup nest is constructed from grass, plant stems and soft twigs and is placed in a tree or a bush.


The song is a pleasant babbling


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Svensson, L. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58835 on 9 August 2019).

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