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Tristram's Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies maroccana
Photo by Peter Day
Merzouga, Morocco, February 2018
Curruca deserticola

Sylvia deserticola


Subspecies maroccana
Photo by Mike Barth
High Atlas, Morocco, October 2017

12 cm (4¾ in)

  • Bluish-grey head, upperparts and upper wing-coverts
  • Pale eye
  • Reddish-brown underparts
  • Black-tipped yellowish bill
  • Pale eye-ring

Similar Species

Dartford Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Western Subalpine Warbler, and Eastern Subalpine Warbler


Endemic to Northern Africa: found in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and possibly Mauritania.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 2 subspecies.


  • C. d. maroccana:
  • C. d. deserticola:
  • Algeria (Atlas Saharien and Aurès ) and adjacent Tunisia


Breeds in dry scrub, bare mountain slopes and heaths with scattered trees. Occurs at heights between 1000–2500 m.


The have a long tail, often held erect.


Their diet consists mostly of small arthropods, such as caterpillars, worms, ants and beetles.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
  4. Collins Bird Guide app

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