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Western olivaceous warbler

Diputación de Málaga

Western olivaceous warbler

Small bird (about 14 cm or 5.5 in), similar to the Reed Warbler. Upperparts with brownish grey tones, paler underparts and a green rump. Thin and elongated bill. Quadrangular tail with white margins and tips. Clear and marked eyebrow and a dark, less patent lore.

Where it lives

Species linked to riparian vegetation. Preference for stands close to water in semi-arid environments. Tamarisk formations, reedbeds, willow forests and poplar groves. Also present in gardens, oak groves and tree crops.

How it lives

Summer species in the province, but also present during its migratory passage and some wintering specimens coming from the north. Trans-Saharan species that winters in tropical Africa. The Western Olivaceous Warbler breeds from May. Two annual layings of 2 to 5 eggs. Nest among the branches of a bush or tree. It feeds on insects and complements its diet with fruits, especially in winter.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Bird still little known and scarce, probably with more populations than it is believed, but not as frequent as the Melodious Warbler. It is present in the reservoirs of Guadalteba and in the Malaga section of the Genil river (stages 15 and 19 of the Great Path).

Curious facts

Warblers are small birds of brown tones not necessarily related to each other, but all small, insectivorous and that hunt from perches. In this group we can find, among others, leaf warblers (chiffchaffs), bush warblers (Cetti's Warbler, for example), grass warblers, marsh warblers (such as the Eurasian Reed Warbler) and the true or "sylviid" warblers.

Animal Life > Birds
Common name
Western olivaceous warbler
Scientific name
Hippolais opaca
Scrubland and Wetlands
De matorral
Wintering Summer Resident Migration