Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala   [JF Gmelin, 1789]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Sylviidae
BTO Codes: , SARWA EURING No: 12670
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: melanocephala recorded in Britain (of 5 subsp. in the world)
Length: 14 cm Wingspan: 16 cm Weight: M/F: 13 g    
Scientific name from: L.: silva=a wood and Gr.: melas=black + kephalos=head
World Distribution: BREEDS: Mediterranean, WINTERS: south to n Africa
Habitat: Dry scrub
Diet: Mostly insects, but also fruit in autumn and winter
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Lundy, 1955 (Whitaker, B. 1955. British Birds 48:515)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 73 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Fife (2005), Outer Hebrides (1994), Orkney (1992), Shetland (2007),
   North-east England: East Yorkshire (1992), North Yorkshire (1993),
   North-west England: Lancashire (1992),
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Lincolnshire (2003), Norfolk (2004), Suffolk (2003),
   South-east England: Kent (2001), Greater London (1992), Surrey (1992), East Sussex (2000),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2002), Devon (1992), Dorset (1995), Somerset (2001), Isles of Scilly (2002),
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1994), Pembrokeshire (1968),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Telor Sardinia
Danish: Sorthovedet sanger Dutch: Kleine zwartkop
Finnish: Samettipääkerttu French: Fauvette mélanocéphale
German: Samtkopfgrasmücke Hungarian: Kucsmás poszáta
Icelandic: Hjálmsöngvari Irish: Ceolaire Sairdíneach
Italian: Occhiocotto Norwegian: Svarthodesanger
Polish: Pokrzewka aksamitna Portuguese: Toutinegra-de-cabeça-preta
Spanish: Curruca carrasqueńa Swedish: Sammetshätta

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