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"Eastern" Chiffchaff in Iceland

An "Eastern" Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 'fulvescens', observed and mistnetted by Gunnar Þór Hallgrímsson, Hjálmar A. Jónsson & Stefán Bjarnason, stayed at Núpur, Eyjafjöll (S-Iceland) on 22 October 2003.

This striking Chiffchaff is thought to be of the Siberian subspecies tristis because of the pale wing-bar, grey crown, nape and mantle and long and well defined supercilium lacking yellowish tinge. The Scandinavian subspecies abietinus has not been ruled out but is thought to be more greenish overall than the present bird. All argued comments appreciated to Gunnar (gunnih@hi.is). Several measurements (mm) were taken as follows:
- Wing: 56
- Bill (S): 11,7
- Bill depth: 2,2
- Tarsus: 17,9
- Tail: 42

Siberian Chiffchaffs remain undocumented in Iceland, and seem to be extreme vagrants. - GÞH & YK/30.10.2003

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"Eastern" Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 'fulvescens'
Núpur, Eyjafjöll (S)
22 October 2003

© Gunnar Þór Hallgrímsson

"Eastern" Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 'fulvescens'
Núpur, Eyjafjöll (S)
22 October 2003

© Gunnar Þór Hallgrímsson

"Eastern" Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 'fulvescens'
Núpur, Eyjafjöll (S)
22 October 2003

© Gunnar Þór Hallgrímsson

"Eastern" Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 'fulvescens'
Núpur, Eyjafjöll (S)
22 October 2003

© Gunnar Þór Hallgrímsson