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Sykes’s Warbler wintering in Sri Lanka?

SteppenspötterDuring a stay at the western coast of Sri Lanka, bird-lens.com shot images of an alleged Acrocephalus-Warbler in Briefs Garden, an ornamental garden near the west coast. Immediately I was thinking of a Blyth’s Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) but could not really confirm ID not at least because the habitat – a garden hedge – was quite strange for the species. I asked for ID-advice from the experts in birdforum.net. Some agreed with BRW (as Blyth’s Reed-Warbler is abbreviated) others voted for a Sykes’s Warbler (Iduna rama) due to the proportions, the long, unrounded tail, the general hue of the plumage, the colour of the legs. Sykes’s Warbler is sometimes regarded as a subspecies of the Booted Warbler (Iduna or Hippolais caligata rama) is a plain brown warbler with pale legs. The bird breeds in Central Asia and winters primarily in India but also as far south as Sri Lanka. The close relative of Booted Warbler prefers trees with sparse canopy in open, dry habitat. Both time when observed in dense Mangrove-like bushes in Sri Lanka, the first thinking of this brown bird with a pointed forehead was of an Acrocephalus – warbler.

And in deed, this small Hippolais – Warbler with its quite long, thin, pointed bill, flat forehead and crown, and rather long tail enhanced by short primary projection often resembles an Acrocephalus – Warbler.

But sometime, it may recall a drab Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) or other Phylloscopus warbler, too. The Sykes’s Warbler Continue reading Sykes’s Warbler wintering in Sri Lanka?