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Sylvia communis : Whitethroat - Sylviidae

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    W1CDR0001470 BD2

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  • Recording locations

    Old Dean Common, Camberley, Surrey: OS Grid Reference(488500,160500)

  • Recordist

    Williams, Aubrey John

  • Species

    Whitethroat, Sylvia communis

  • Description

    The song of the male whitethroat recorded at Camberley, Surrey. Whitethroats can be seen across the British Isles during the summer months when they arrive from Africa. They can usually be spotted darting in and out of cover, their long tails flicking up and down as they move, and tend to be seen in open areas with plenty of cover in which to build their nests. As the name suggests, a white throat provides this warbler’s most distinguishing feature, contrasting well with the main grey, brown plumage. Early in the breeding season is the best time to hear the whitethroat’s warbling song when the quality is at its richest. Calls include a hard ‘tacc tacc’ and an angry ‘tchurrr’.

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