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Ruppell's Warbler (Sylvia rueppelli) | by jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus)
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Ruppell's Warbler (Sylvia rueppelli)

Couldn't resist posting another Ruppell's from my visit to Cyprus as I rather like the natural frame in this this one.

 

Breeding in Greece, Turkey and Crete, Ruppell's warbler is only a passage migrant on Cyprus despite the fact that the habitat appears to be perfect for it to breed.

 

This smart male with it's diagnostic moustachial stripe was in typical scrub habitat in the valley below the Mavrokolympus Dam, between Paphos and Pegeia in south west Cyprus. Best viewed 'Large'.

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Taken on March 31, 2011