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Desert Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (minula) L 12-13cm. Small, rather short-tailed warbler with retiring habits but distinctive song. Sexes are similar. Adult and juvenile have blue-grey crown; compared to nominate race (curruca) 'mask' is less intense and upperparts are browner. Underparts are pale, whitish on throat but washed pale buff on flanks. Has dark legs, dark-tipped grey bill and pale iris. Voice Utters a harsh chek alarm call. Song is a tuneless rattle, sung on one note, usually preceded by short warbling phrase. Status Rare visitor to NW Europe from Asian breeding grounds.
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