Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat
In Xinjiang I have found Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca halimodendri at sites in the Tianshan and Altai and in wooded areas in the Jungar Basin. Top L, R: Hotel garden near Irtysh River, downtown Burqin (47.700863, 86.855065), mid-May. Bottom L: Jiadengyu (48.504120, 87.125695), Kanasi Park, Altai, late July. (Craig Brelsford)
Desert Whitethroat
Desert Whitethroat Curruca curruca minula is paler and occurs in drier habitats than other races of Lesser Whitethroat. In Xinjiang we recorded Desert Whitethroat at sites throughout the Jungar Basin. We recorded the specimen shown here in mid-July at Beishawo (44.374603, 87.881042), elev. 450 m (1,470 ft.). (Craig Brelsford)

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