- Curruca hortensis
15 cm (6 in)
- Long and pointed bill
- Black legs
- White iris
- Plain grey back
- Whitish underparts
- Black legs
- Dark grey head
- Black eye mask
- White throat
Females and immatures have a paler head and buff underparts, grey back with a brownish tinge. The iris is dark in young birds.
- C. h. hortensis in southwestern Europe and northern Africa (Morocco east to northwestern Libya); winters southern Mauritania to western Sudan
- C. h. cyrenaicae in northeastern Libya (Cyrenaica)
They are normally found in various open and semi-open woodland with bushy cover.
Monogamous. Both adults construct the nest in a bush or tree. Their clutch contains 4-6 eggs.
The diet consists mostly of arthropods, particularly insects, such as spiders, and their larvae. After the breeding season they add berries to their diet.
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2019)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Western Orphean Warbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Western_Orphean_Warbler
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