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Melodious warbler

Diputación de Málaga
Zarcero Común

Melodious warbler

Common nameMelodious warbler
Scientific nameHippolais polyglotta
TypeDe matorral
Wintering Summer Resident Migration
Animal Life > Birds

Small bird (approx 14 cm or 5.5 in). Plumage of yellow-greenish tones, grey-green back and ventral underparts, paler in the juveniles. Yellowish eyebrow that stands out on the face and nape, which are more greenish. Long and thin bill.

Where it lives

Areas which are at low altitude and warm, with scattered trees and plenty of brush cover. Present in riverside forests, ponds, thickets, brambles and areas with abundant weeds.

How it lives

Species present in Malaga only during the summertime. This bird breeds from May, making a single annual laying of 3 to 5 eggs. Nest in thickets. It feeds on invertebrates and completes its diet at the end of summer with fruits.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Frequent species but difficult to see and easy to confuse with other ones. In the Great Path it can be watched in stages 6, 8, 9, 11, 15, 25, 26 and 33.

Curious facts

Warblers are birds that tend to be in the thicket, in the tangle of brambles and underbrush, which makes them difficult to see. However, their song usually betrays them. They are true polyglots, which means that they "speak several languages". They sing without stopping, frantically, and interspersing different tones, their own and those that mimic other warblers and small birds. Their Latin name also makes reference to the Greek term "upolais", used by Aristotle to distinguish the birds that used to incubate cuckoo eggs in their nests, as is the case.

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