Orphean Warbler

Sylvia hortensis

(S. h. crassirostris)

Armenian Name: Երքող շահրիկ
Orphean Warbler

See Plate 50 for Orphean Warbler and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:15 cm, Wing Span:20-25 cm
Distribution Map: Map 285.
Description: Large grayish warbler with long white-edged tail.
Adult: Pale yellow iris; gray back, gray-brown wings and variably blackish head above. White below with variable pink and gray tints. Female is duller and browner.
Immature: Dark eye; grayish-brown head shows little contrast with back. White underparts.
Similar Species: Lesser Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Garden Warbler.
Behavior: Shy. Male sings fluting song from near top of bush or in display-flight.
Habitat: Semidesert, arid mountain steppe.
Food: Invertebrates, berries.
Nest: Cup of dry plants, rootlets, and plant fibers in low shrub.
Eggs: 20 mm, 3-5, white, red-brown spots.