Desert Whitethroat (UAE)
Desert Whitethroat (UAE)
Scientific Name 
Sylvia minula
Arabic Name 
الدخلة بيضاء الحنجرة الصحراوية
Kuwaiti name 
13.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Scarce passage migrant. A unique specialty, this species is rarely observed in the Western Palearctic. This bird is remarkably similar to a Lesser Whitethroat, but much paler and slightly smaller.
Where in Kuwait 
Very similar to the slightly larger Lesser Whitethroat and is found in more arid habitat than the Lesser
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and it inhabits and breeds in arid lowland regions from eastern Iran and Turkmenistan eastwards to Xinjiang in central China. It migrates south to the Arabian Peninsula, southern Pakistan and northwestern India in the winter, where it does overlap with wintering Lesser Whitethroat in many areas, and more locally with wintering Hume's Whitethroat. Until recently, it was considered conspecific with the Lesser Whitethroat; today these are seen as members of a superspecies
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation