Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina   [Vieillot, 1817]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Sylviidae
BTO Codes: IC, ICTWA EURING No: 12590
Number in Britain: 137 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Migrant Breeder, Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 14 cm Wingspan: 22 cm Weight: M/F: 13 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: hupolais, a small ground-nesting bird and Mod. L. icterus=yellowish
World Distribution: BREEDS: Europe, nc Asia, WINTERS: tropical & s Africa
Habitat: Forest edge, woodland, scrub
Diet: Mostly insects, also fruit late summer takes insects while perched or fluttering
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: Atlas Mapstore   
British Population Size:
    Passage: 137 individuals
    Summer: 1 to . Pairs in
    First Record: Kent, 1848
    First Breeding Record: Scotland 1992
    Latest Survey: Musgrove, A. et al. ((2013)) British Birds 106:64-100
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
European Population Size:
    Summer: 1 to 2.1 million pairs   (Trend in Numbers)
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: Bern(III), Bonn(II)
Survey Results:

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 18 x 14 mm Egg Weight: 1.7 g (of which 6 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 0
Clutch Size: 4 - 5 eggs
Incubation: 13- 15 days   by the: Male + Female
Fledging: 13 - 14days as: Altricial, naked
First Clutches Laid: Does not breed in Britain, or too few Nest Records
Number of Broods: 1
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: 0.500       
Juvenile Survival: 0.332 (in First-Year)  
Age at First Breeding: Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Recorded Age: Too few birds ringed
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Ring Size: A
Wing Length Adult: 78.0 ± 2.2 Range 73 - 80 mm, N =35
Juvenile: 77.3 ± 2.0 73 - 80 mm, N =57
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data
Weight Adult: 13.21 ± 1.62 Range 10.70 - 16.60 g , N =29
Juvenile: 13.72 ± 2.19 11.20 - 19.30 g , N =52
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data
British Trust for Ornithology (2005) Ringing Scheme data

Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Telor Aur
Danish: Gulbug Dutch: Spotvogel
Finnish: Kultarinta French: Hyppolaïs ictérine
German: Gelbspötter Hungarian: Kerti geze
Icelandic: Spésöngvari Irish: Ceolaire Ictireach
Italian: Canapino maggiore Norwegian: Gulsanger
Polish: Zaganiacz zwyczajny Portuguese: Felosa-icterina
Spanish: Zarcero icterino Swedish: Härmsångare

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