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Conservation status: Amber

The whitethroat is a medium-sized warbler, about the size of a great tit. It has quite a long tail which it flicks and cocks as it darts rapidly in and out of cover. The male has a grey head, a white throat and a brown back, and is buff underneath. It is a summer visitor and passage migrant, with birds breeding widely, although it avoids urban and mountainous areas. It winters in Africa, south of the Sahara.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Sylvia communis

Family

Warblers and allies (Sylviidae)

Where to see them

Found over most of the UK. Look in any piece of suitable habitat in summer.

When to see them

From mid-April to early October

What they eat

Insects, and berries and fruit in autumn.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-1,100,000 territories--

Distribution

Key

Audio

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