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Kidadl Team

SEPTEMBER 02, 2021

21 Amaze-wing Facts About The Whitethroat Bird For Kids

Amazing whitethroat bird facts for all bird lovers.

Whitethroats are scientifically known as Curruca communis and are from the Sylviidae family. The whitethroat, Sylvia communis, is a medium-sized warbler. This species of birds are long-tailed and inhabit areas of hedge-grows, grassland, and scrub. Whitethroats, Sylvia communis, are migrants and are known as summer visitors while breeding. Whitethroats avoid mountains and developed city areas. Male whitethroats are responsible for making nests from the foliage and roots on low shrubs, bushes, and tree branches. The female is responsible to then choose the nest. Whitethroats are known for their migration. Before winter starts, they migrate towards Sub-Saharan Africa, which is warmer. This bird starts migrating from October, as winter approaches.

Whitethroats prey on insects, fruits, berries,  and invertebrates. They are fast to get into breeding because of their migration habit. Whitethroats lay their first egg by May. Male whitethroats build many nests. The female whitethroats pick and choose out of many options and outline the one she selects foliage on the grounds and bushes in woodland. Then both male and female whitethroats incubate the eggs. Female whitethroats are hardworking as therefore they end up working too much picking the night shift. Whitethroats can be found in various habitats, which include scrubs, bushes, hedgerows, wildlife, and uplands. They are known to physically resemble sparrows.

To learn more about other birds, you can also check out these village weaver facts and Carolina wren facts.

Whitethroat Bird Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a whitethroat bird?

Whitethroats are a type of bird from the Sylviidae genus. They have a gray body with a white neck, head, and brown and pink wings and tail. Lesser whitethroats are migratory birds as well.

What class of animal does a whitethroat bird belong to?

Lesser whitethroats are birds of class Aves and phylum Chordate.

How many whitethroat birds are there in the world?

The total number of whitethroats present across the world is unknown. They do have a good population in the wild though.

Where does a whitethroat bird live?

Lesser whitethroat's habitat consists of Europe, Africa and passes through wildlife and summer of Asia while in migration. They migrate from season to season due to various factors. It has been observed by researchers that they highly avoid urban settings and mountainous areas. They mostly migrate during winter as they are incapable of surviving harsh winters. They are not endemic.

What is a whitethroat bird's habitat?

Lesser whitethroats make their habitat in and around woodlands, bushes, and grasslands. Their life consists of foraging food, building nests, and flying around. They build their nests with dry leaves and sticks on trees and low shrubs. Their nests can also be spotted among bushes as they like to keep their egg secretive from predators.

Who does the whitethroat bird live with?

Lesser whitethroats live in flocks and pairs within the population of their own species of warblers.

How long does a whitethroat bird live?

Lesser whitethroat warblers live for around two years, but the oldest was found to live for seven years during the summer of 2015.

How do they reproduce?

Lesser whitethroats are fast to get into breeding to increase their population because of their migration habit. They lay their first eggs by May. Male whitethroats build many nests in summer for breeding. The female picks and chooses out of many options and outlines the one. She selects foliage from the grounds and bushes in woodland to outline for the breeding. Incubation is done by both the parents. Female whitethroats are hardworking as therefore they end up working too much picking the night shift. These birds prefer breeding in various habitats, which include scrubs, bushes, hedgerows, wildlife, and uplands.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of whitethroats is of Least Concern, according to the IUCN. Their population is stable and ongoing for now, which is why they do not require wildlife reserves to protect them.

Whitethroat Bird Fun Facts

What does a whitethroat bird look like?

Whitethroat bird has a coloration of white and light brown.

Male whitethroats have gray heads, puffed breasts of pink color, and a pearl white throat. Female whitethroats are not as bright as male whitethroats, though their tails are longer. Their legs are thin and short but are strong enough to help them walk. They have a total body length of around 5.5 in (14 cm) and generally weigh around 0.4-0.6 oz (12-18 g). Whitethroats also resemble sparrows in appearance due to their similar physical features and coloration.

How cute are they?

They are immensely cute due to their small size and playful nature.

How do they communicate?

This wild bird is known for its beautiful singing from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn around the borders of woodland and hedgerows. As a wild species, their song sounds like 'vaihd-vaihd.'  Singing is what makes them popular. Their song calls sound like 'chahir'.

How big is a whitethroat bird?

They have a total body length of around 5.5 in (14 cm), which is similar to the Eurasian tree sparrow and slightly smaller than a Harris sparrow.

How fast can a whitethroat bird fly?

They have a good speed of flight as they are migratory birds. However, their exact flight speed is unknown.

How much does a whitethroat bird weigh?

They weigh around 0.4-0.6 oz (12-18 g), which shows that they are small in size. They weigh little more than goldcrest.

What are the male and female names of the species?

No specific names have been used to describe the males and females.

What would you call a baby whitethroat bird?

They are simply known as chicks. They are small and cute and, in a few weeks, they are ready to leave the nest.

What do they eat?

This bird generally feeds on insects, fruits, berries, and invertebrates. They are omnivores in nature, as they feed both on fruits and insects.

Are they dangerous?

No, they are not dangerous, they are quite friendly and adorable.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, they will make a good pet who will keep the audience entertained with their singing.

Did you know...

The male arrives in England around ten days prior to females, to set up territories before their potential partners arrive.

Where do whitethroats come from?

They are from Europe, but they are migratory birds. So they start migrating from summers to autumn from Europe and colder areas to reach warmers places like Africa, South Africa to spend their winter to keep themselves warm. They can be found across the world or in most parts of the world due to their migratory behavior.

How many eggs do whitethroat birds lay?

Females lay around three to seven eggs. They lay their fist egg by May. Male whitethroats build many nests in summer for breeding. The female picks and chooses out of many options and outlines the one. She selects foliage from the grounds and bushes in woodland to outline for the breeding. Incubation is done by both males and females. As female whitethroats are hardworking, they end up working too much, picking the night shift. These brown, gray, and white birds prefer breeding in various habitats, which include scrubs, bushes, hedgerows, wildlife, and uplands.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other Birds from our Golden-cheeked Warbler and Great White pelican pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable whitethroat bird coloring pages.

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