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Birding Málaga


Common name Dartford warbler
Scientific name Sylvia undata
Type Shrubland birds
Status Resident

Small bird (approx 13 cm or 5 in). Dark plumage in general, long tail and normally raised. Slate grey back and head and rufous belly. Orange legs and reddish eye-ring. The male has a white moustachial stripe that stands out in the head. The females have a more discreet plumage in which the pinkish tints in the low parts and the throat catch the eye.



Where it lives

Open areas of thickets and shrubland, at medium and high altitudes. It is also possible to see it in wooded areas, mainly in open holm oak groves.

How it lives

Species resident all year round in the province. It starts breeding at the end of April. A single laying of 3 to 6 eggs. Large nest and very close to the ground. Mainly insectivorous, although it also include fruits and seeds in its diet. Very territorial during the breeding period, like most warblers.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

It is a relatively frequent species in mountain areas, which reaches high densities in the Serrania de Ronda. In the Great Path it can be watched, for example, in stages 6, 9, 11, 20, 23 and 32.

Curious facts

Warblers are "small birds difficult to see", but with a little dedication they become species easy to identify. Becoming familiar with the song and the habitat of each species is the key, since it is usually very characteristic of each of them.

Similar birds
Wintering Summer Resident Migration