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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Camino de la Fuenfría
- El Alcázar - La Maroma
- El Chorro (Paraje Natural del Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes)
- Fuente de los 100 Caños
- GR 249. Stage 09: Periana - Alfarnatejo (Pulgarín Alto)
- GR 249. Stage 06: Frigiliana - Cómpeta
- GR 249. Stage 11: Alfarnate - Villanueva del Rosario
- GR 249. Stage 20: Embalses del Guadalhorce - Estación de El Chorro
- GR 249. Stage 23: El Burgo - Ronda
- GR 249. Stage 32: Ojén - Mijas
- Hoz de Marín
- Monte de San Antón (Málaga)
- Quejigales - Puerto de Los Pilones
- Refugio de Juanar
- Sierra de Matagallar
- Sierra de Mollina y Laguna de la Ratosa
- Sierra del Padrastro