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Wildlife in Italy: Canapino maggiore Hippolais icterina Vieillot, 1817

Wildlife in Italy: Canapino maggiore Hippolais icterina Vieillot, 1817


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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformi
Family: acrocephalidae
Kind: Hippolais
Species: H. icterina Vieillot, 1817

Canapino is distributed in the south western part of the European continent and in north western Africa (Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco). Accidental appearances are documented in many countries of central and northern and eastern Europe.
In Italy, Canapino has a wide distribution, more uniform on the Tyrrhenian side than on the Adriatic side. It is not present in Sardinia and Sicily.

Canapino maggiore - Hippolais icterina (photo www.alcedowildlife.com)

Canapino maggiore - Hippolais icterina

Canapino maggiore - Hippolais icterina (photo http://vogelart.info)

Distinctive characters

Length: 13-14 cm
Wingspan: 21-23 cm

The male and female are indistinguishable and have a predominantly gray-green coloring in the upper parts and pale yellow in the lower ones; a slight yellow streak starts from the base of the beak and crosses the eye. The beak is orange, tending towards blackish in the upper part. The legs are bluish - gray. The young are very similar to the adults, however highlighting a clearer border on the wing coverts.

Biology

The breeding season begins in late May, a single brood, occasionally two, of 3-5 eggs is laid. The Canapino is a monogamous bird; the female builds the nest, hatches the eggs and warms the chickens, both partners take care of the nestlings.


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