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Moltoni's Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by picus
Pavia, Italy, October 2006
Curruca subalpina

Sylvia subalpina


12cm (4¾ in)
Adult male

  • Grey back and head
  • Brick-red underparts
  • White malar streaks

Female has mainly brown upperparts with a greyer head. Whitish below with a pink flush.


Western Mediterranean islands, including Balearics, Corsica, Sardinia

Vagrants British Isles.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Eastern Subalpine Warbler and Western Subalpine Warbler.


Breeds in a variety of habitats, from open woodland to bushes and sandy heaths.



The nest is built in thick bushes. Three to five eggs are laid.


Mainly insects, but will eat berries on occasion.


Call: similar to Lesser Whitethroat's tett
Song: Clear and slow chattering and bouncy phrases, reminiscent of Eurasian Linnet. Delivered in 'song flight' or from a bush.


  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 the status of Moltoni's Warbler
  3. Avibase
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  6. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  7. Birdforum thread discussing subspecies identification

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