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Hippolais pallida

Hippolais pallida

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 pallida
Subspecies: H. p. elaeica - H. p. laeneni - H. p. pallida - H. p. reiseri - H. p. tamariceti


Hippolais pallida (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833)

Vernacular names

Ελληνικά: Ωχροστριτσίδα
English: Eastern Olivaceous Warbler


Symbolae Physicae (1828) sig.bb,note3


The Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Hippolais pallida) is a "warbler", formerly placed in the Old World warblers when these were a paraphyletic wastebin taxon. It is now considered a member of the acrocephaline warbelrs, Acrocephalidae, in the tree warbler genus Hippolais . It was formerly regarded as part of a wider "Olivaceous Warbler" species, but as a result of modern taxonomic developments, this species is now usually considered to be two species:

* Western Olivaceous Warbler, Hippolais opaca, and
* Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Hippolais pallida.

It is a small passerine bird, found in dry open country, including cultivation, with bushes or some trees. 2-3 eggs are laid in a nest in low in undergrowth or a bush. Like most warblers, Eastern Olivaceous is insectivorous.

It is a medium-sized warbler, more like a very pale Reed Warbler than its relative the Melodious Warbler. The adult has a plain pale brown back and whitish underparts. The bill is strong and pointed and the legs grey. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are more buff on the belly. It has a characteristic downward tail flick.

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler breeds in south east Europe and the Middle East. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa or Arabia. It is a rare vagrant to northern Europe.

Western Olivaceous Warbler differs from this species in being larger and having a browner tinge to the upperparts; it also has a larger bill. Eastern Olivaceous Warbler sometimes has a greenish tinge to its upperparts, and can be very difficult to separate from Sykes's Warbler, Hippolais rama. The song is a fast nasal babbling.


North Africa

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler of the subspecies reiseri is thought to be locally common as a breeding species in southeast Morocco.[2]


1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Hippolais pallida. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 18 May 2009.
2. ^ Salewski, Volker, Herbert Stark and Bernd Leisler (2009) Olivaceous Warblers in Southeast Morocco British Birds 102(3): 116-21

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