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Hippolais icterina

Hippolais icterina (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea
Familia: Sylviidae
Genus: Hippolais
Species: Hippolais icterina
Subspecies: H. i. alaris - H. i. icterina - H. i. magnioculi

Name

Hippolais icterina (Vieillot, 1817)

Vernacular names

Ελληνικά: Κιτρινοστριτσίδα
English: Icterine Warbler

Reference

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The Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) is an Old World warbler in the tree warbler genus Hippolais . It breeds in mainland Europe except the southwest, where it is replaced by its western counterpart, Melodious Warbler. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. The term icterine refers to its yellowish colouration.

This small passerine bird is a species found in open deciduous woodland with bushes and also parks and gardens, often near water. Four to six eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or a bush.

This is a medium-sized warbler, 12–13.5 cm in length, similar to Melodious Warbler. The adult has a plain greenish-brown back with a paler wing panel, and yellowish underparts. The bill is slightly orange, strong and pointed, and the legs blue-grey. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are paler on the belly.

Like most warblers, Icterine is insectivorous, but will take other small food items including berries.

The song is a fast nasal babbling incorporating mimicry of other species. The call is described as "teck" or "tec, tec, tec".

It is colloquially referred to by birders as Icky.

References

1. ^ BirdLife International (2009) Hippolais icterina In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.1. www.iucnredlist.org Retrieved on 7 October, 2010. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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