Whitethroat - Curruca communis

Alternative names
Common Whitethroat and as Sylvia communis

The Whitethroat is a medium-sized warbler, about the size of a Great Tit. It has quite a long tail which it flicks and cocks as it darts rapidly in and out of cover. The male differs from all other warblers by a combination of a grey head, conspicuous white throat and rufous wings (tertials and greater coverts) contrasting with the grey-brown back. Underparts buff; outer tail feathers white. In spring plumage the male has a pinkish suffusion to the breast. The female is distinguished from the male by having a brown head.

Identification difficulty

Bushy places, hedges and woodland edge.

When to see it

From mid-April to early October.

Life History

Feed on insects, and berries and fruit in autumn.

UK Status

Found over most of the UK. It is a summer visitor and passage migrant, with birds breeding widely, although it avoids urban and mountainous areas. It winters in Africa, south of the Sahara.

VC55 Status

A common migrant breeder in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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