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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hippolais icterina
Public Records: 11
Specimens with Barcodes: 11
Species With Barcodes: 1
Barcode data: Hippolais icterina
There are 11 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank. Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species. See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.
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Status in Egypt
Regular passage visitor.
The Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) is an Old World warbler in the tree warbler genus Hippolais. It breeds in mainland Europe except the southwest, where it is replaced by its western counterpart, Melodious Warbler. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. The term icterine refers to its yellowish colouration.
This is a medium-sized warbler, 12–13.5 cm in length, similar to Melodious Warbler. The adult has a plain greenish-brown back with a paler wing panel, and yellowish underparts. The bill is slightly orange, strong and pointed, and the legs blue-grey. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are paler on the belly.
The song is a fast nasal babbling incorporating mimicry of other species. The call is described as teck or tec, tec, tec.
It is colloquially referred to by birders as Icky.