GUIDE TO BIRDS OF ARMENIA

Menetries's Warbler

Adult male. Photo: A. Golubeva

Latin name: Sylvia mystacea

Latin name: Sylvia mystacea

Family name: Old World Warblers 

Family name: Old World Warblers 

The Menetres’s Warbler is another Central Asian species which touches Armenia with its westernmost part of the range. This small-sized fast-moving Warbler discovered its habitat near water in dry and hot areas: it lives in riparian scrubs and woodlands. In the areas, where the cultivated lands are made in mosaic way, such as in South-eastern Armenia, it is gladly inhabiting the orchards. As many other warblers it is very careful and secretive and prefers nesting in the dense thickets. The males return to the breeding ground before females and begin occupation of the territory with the specific displaying flight accompanied by song. When, the females reach the area, they choose a male with the occupied area. 

The Menetres’s Warbler is another Central Asian species which touches Armenia with its westernmost part of the range. This small-sized fast-moving Warbler discovered its habitat near water in dry and hot areas: it lives in riparian scrubs and woodlands. In the areas, where the cultivated lands are made in mosaic way, such as in South-eastern Armenia, it is gladly inhabiting the orchards. As many other warblers it is very careful and secretive and prefers nesting in the dense thickets. The males return to the breeding ground before females and begin occupation of the territory with the specific displaying flight accompanied by song. When, the females reach the area, they choose a male with the occupied area.

Conservation status

The number of Menetries’s Warbler appear to be stable during last decade as the species is able to adapt to the minor transformations of its habitat. Such changes happen in mosaic pattern and apparently leave the necessary space for the species. Thus, the similar patterns of land use should be considered in agricultural projects along the species’ range to secure its further stability.  

The number of Menetries’s Warbler appear to be stable during last decade as the species is able to adapt to the minor transformations of its habitat. Such changes happen in mosaic pattern and apparently leave the necessary space for the species. Thus, the similar patterns of land use should be considered in agricultural projects along the species’ range to secure its further stability.

More specific information about this species

Habitat

Riparian scrubs, woodlands, and thickets in semi-desert zone at the elevation range from 375 to 1.000 m a.s.l.

 

Food & Feeding

Mostly small arthropods, especially insects and their larvae and eggs; outside breeding season, also various berries and fruits. Forages at low height in scrub and small bushes; usually moves from top to bottom of bush while gleaning prey from leaves and branches, then flies to top of next bush.

 

Breeding

Season starts in early April and lasts until July, usually in one brood. It is monogamous, solitary, territorial breeder. Nest built by both sexes, a deep cup made of twigs, stems and grasses, lined with down and hair, placed in low grass, scrub or small bush or young trees. Clutch mostly 4–6 eggs, incubation by both sexes during 11–13 days. Both parents also feed chicks during 9–12 days and both attending fledglings.

 

Movements

The species is wintering in Arabian Peninsula and North-eastern Africa, vacating breeding grounds in August to mid-September and starting return in mif-February to March.

 

Family

Old World Warblers

 

Source of information

The Handbook to the Birds of the World

The Birds of the Western Palearctic

More specific information about this species

Habitat

Riparian scrubs, woodlands, and thickets in semi-desert zone at the elevation range from 375 to 1.000 m a.s.l.

 

Food & Feeding

Mostly small arthropods, especially insects and their larvae and eggs; outside breeding season, also various berries and fruits. Forages at low height in scrub and small bushes; usually moves from top to bottom of bush while gleaning prey from leaves and branches, then flies to top of next bush.

 

Breeding

Season starts in early April and lasts until July, usually in one brood. It is monogamous, solitary, territorial breeder. Nest built by both sexes, a deep cup made of twigs, stems and grasses, lined with down and hair, placed in low grass, scrub or small bush or young trees. Clutch mostly 4–6 eggs, incubation by both sexes during 11–13 days. Both parents also feed chicks during 9–12 days and both attending fledglings.

 

Movements

The species is wintering in Arabian Peninsula and North-eastern Africa, vacating breeding grounds in August to mid-September and starting return in mif-February to March.

 

Family

Old World Warblers

 

Source of information

The Handbook to the Birds of the World

The Birds of the Western Palearctic

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