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Birding Málaga


Common name Sardinian warbler
Scientific name Sylvia melanocephala
Type Shrubland birds
Status Resident

Small bird (about 14 cm or 5.5 in) characterized by a black cap on the head that reaches below the eyes, which have a very marked red ring (eye-ring). The males have a grey back while the underparts, throat and breast are white. The females are more brown in the back and of paler tones in the breast and the throat. The head is grey.



Where it lives

It is a bird of dry and warm bushes (rockrose, mastic, wild olive trees or kermes oak). Also present in hedges, parks and gardens, and shrubby understories of pine and holm oak woods and grasslands.

How it lives

Resident throughout the year in Malaga. The Sardinian Warbler starts breeding in March and finishes in July, making at least two annual layings of 3 to 6 eggs. It feeds on insects and complements its diet in autumn with seeds and fruits.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Very common and frequent bird throughout the Great Path.

Curious facts

Its affinity for bushes and the fact that it usually appears among their leaves for brief moments and then disappears make it popularly known in Spanish as "cucamata", which stands for "sly bush".

Routes where it can be observed
Wintering Summer Resident Migration