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Barred Warbler

From Opus

Photo by kuwaityNational Park, sabiya, Kuwait, May 2004
Photo by kuwaity
National Park, sabiya, Kuwait, May 2004
Sylvia nisoria


[edit] Identification

15.5-17cm (6-6¾ in)

Photo by Askar IsabekovAlma Ata, Kazakhstan, December 2006
Photo by Askar Isabekov
Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, December 2006
  • Yellow iris
  • White fringes to wing coverts and tertials forming a double wing bar
  • White tail corners

Adult Male

  • Steel grey upperparts
  • Greyish-white underparts with dark barring

Adult Female

  • Greyish-brown upperparts
  • Less barred underparts


  • Grey-brown upperparts
  • Buffish underparts
  • Undertail coverts have dark centers and pale fringes
  • Brown eye

[edit] Similar species

First winter birds are similar to Garden Warbler but that species lack to pattern on undertail coverts

[edit] Distribution

1st WinterPhoto by ammadouxJeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 2013
1st Winter
Photo by ammadoux
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 2013

Main breeding range is from eastern Germany, the Czech Republic and eastern Austria south-east to Bulgaria and east to the foothills of the Urals, the Caspian and Caucasus. Also breeds in scattered pockets in southern Sweden (mainly coastal areas and Oland and Gotland), and the south coast of Finland, in southern Switzerland and northern Italy, throughout the Balkans and possibly also Turkey. Probably now extinct as a breeding species in Denmark.

Leaves breeding areas in August-September to winter in East Africa, travelling via the eastern Mediterranean. Return movement takes place in mid-late May. Passage birds occur throughout east and Southeast Europe and the Middle East and occurs as a rare migrant as far west as Britain. Around 100-150, mainly 1st-winter birds, occur per year in Britain chiefly in the Northern Isles, on the east and south coasts and on Scilly. Most occur in August-October, very rare in spring.

Vagrant to Iceland, France, Belgium, Spain, Sardinia and Malta.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies

[edit] Habitat

Open deciduous and mixed forest and woodland, plantations and shelterbelts, parks and large gardens. Also on bushy hillsides and in riverine scrub, hedgerows and in grassland with scattered trees and shrubs.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They eat mostly fruit and berries, except during the breeding season, when insects form a major part of their diet.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in mature scrubby thickets and hedgerows.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: a dry rattle
Song: similar to Garden Warbler

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  3. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  4. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)

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