Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria


Taxonomic note

Taxonomic source(s)
AERC TAC. 2003. AERC TAC Checklist of bird taxa occurring in Western Palearctic region, 15th Draft. Available at: # _the_WP15.xls#.
AERC TAC. 2003. AERC TAC Checklist of bird taxa occurring in Western Palearctic region, 15th Draft. Available at: # _the_WP15.xls#.
Cramp, S. and Perrins, C.M. 1977-1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Cramp, S.; Perrins, C. M. 1977-1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type Average mass -

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 16,100,000 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 791,000 medium
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 4000000-7799999 poor estimated 2012
Population trend Stable estimated -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.9 - - -

Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 506,000-968,000 pairs, which equates to 1,010,000-1,940,000 mature individuals (BirdLife International 2015). Europe forms c.25% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 4,040,000-7,760,000 mature individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed.

Trend justification: Marked annual fluctuations have been noted within this species's European breeding range (del Hoyo et al. 2006). In Europe, trends since 1982 are uncertain (EBCC 2015).

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Afghanistan N Extant Yes
Albania N Extant Yes
Armenia N Extant Yes
Austria N Extant Yes
Azerbaijan N Extant Yes
Bahrain N Extant Yes
Belarus N Extant Yes
Belgium V Extant
Bosnia and Herzegovina N Extant Yes
Bulgaria N Extant Yes Yes
China (mainland) N Extant Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the V Extant
Croatia N Extant Yes
Cyprus N Extant Yes
Czechia N Extant Yes
Denmark N Extant Yes
Djibouti N Extant
Egypt N Extant
Eritrea N Extant
Estonia N Extant Yes
Ethiopia N Extant
Faroe Islands (to Denmark) N Extant
Finland N Extant Yes
France V Extant
Gambia V Extant
Georgia N Extant Yes
Germany N Extant Yes
Greece N Extant Yes Yes
Hungary N Extant Yes
Iceland V Extant
Iran, Islamic Republic of N Extant Yes Yes
Iraq N Extant Yes
Ireland V Extant
Israel N Extant
Italy N Extant Yes
Jordan N Extant Yes
Kazakhstan N Extant Yes
Kenya N Extant
Kuwait N Extant Yes
Kyrgyzstan N Extant Yes
Latvia N Extant Yes
Lebanon N Extant Yes
Lithuania N Extant Yes
Malawi V Extant
Malta V Extant
Moldova N Extant Yes
Mongolia N Extant Yes
Montenegro N Extant Yes
Netherlands V Extant
Nigeria V Extant
North Macedonia N Extant Yes
Norway N Extant Yes
Oman N Extant Yes
Poland N Extant Yes
Qatar N Extant Yes
Romania N Extant Yes
Russia N Extant Yes
Russia (Asian) N Extant Yes
Russia (Central Asian) N Extant Yes
Russia (European) N Extant Yes
Saudi Arabia N Extant Yes
Serbia N Extant Yes
Sierra Leone V Extant
Slovakia N Extant Yes
Slovenia N Extant Yes
Somalia N Extant
South Sudan N Extant Yes
Spain V Extant
Sudan N Extant
Sweden N Extant Yes
Switzerland N Extant Yes
Syria N Extant Yes
Tajikistan N Extant Yes
Tanzania N Extant
Turkey N Extant Yes
Turkmenistan N Extant Yes
Uganda N Extant
Ukraine N Extant Yes
United Arab Emirates N Extant Yes
United Kingdom N Extant Yes
Uzbekistan N Extant Yes
Yemen N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Czechia Pálava
Czechia Zehunský rybník pond
Serbia Deliblatska pescara
Serbia Fruska gora
Azerbaijan Alty Agach area
Belarus Bielaviežškaja Pušča
Belarus Al'manskija baloty
Cyprus Akamas and Agia Aikaterini – Agia Paraskevi Gorges
Romania Hagieni forest
Slovenia Ljubljansko moor
Slovenia Planina polje
Slovenia River Drava
Slovenia River Mura
Slovenia Karst
Moldova Tigheci Forest
Moldova Purcari - Etulia
Moldova Congaz – Taraclia Lakes
Sweden Coastal area (including seaside meadows) of Eastern Öland
Sweden Ottenby
Sweden Bay of Svensksund
Poland Biebrza river valley
Poland Bialowieza Forest
Poland Lower Bug river valley
Poland Liwiec river valley
Poland Middle Vistula River Valley
Poland Oak-hornbeam forests in the Odra valley
Poland Obra river flood-plain
Poland Middle Warta River Valley
Poland Kampinos forest
Poland Zegrzynski reservoir
Poland Woniesc reservoir
Poland Middle Bug river valley
Poland Pisz forest
Poland Slupia River Valley
Poland Lower Odra river valley
Greece Islands and islets of northern Sporades and northwestern coast of Alonnisos
Greece Dionysades islets, Crete
Greece Filiouri valley and eastern Rodopi mountains
Greece Prespa National Park and Varnountas mountains
Greece Southwestern Lesvos and Petrified forest
Greece Kalloni Gulf, Lesvos
Greece National Park of Dadia - Lefkimi - Soufli forest
Greece Dadia - Dereio - Aisymi forest
Finland Korppoo and Nauvo southern archipelago
Finland Pori archipelago and wetlands
Finland Hanko western archipelago
Finland Porvoonjoki Delta
Finland Kirkon-Vilkkiläntura Bay
Hungary Aggtelek Karst
Hungary Lower Tisza Valley
Hungary Zemplén Mountains
Hungary Vértes
Hungary Bodrogzug–Taktaköz
Ukraine Polis'kyi Nature Reserve
Ukraine Sul's'ka bay
Ukraine Velykomykhailivskyj forest
Ukraine Cheremske mire
Ukraine Korotchenkivs'ki meadows
Ukraine Lyman lake
Ukraine Samars'kyj forest
Ukraine Pryp'yat' river valley
Ukraine Orikhivski lake-system
Italy Middle course of River Brenta
Italy Assa valley
Czechia Lednicke rybniky ponds (Lednice fish-ponds)
Czechia Beskydy mountains
Czechia Krivoklatsko (Krivoklatsko region)
Czechia Doupov hills
Sweden Karlsö Islands
Denmark Klinteskoven
Serbia Subotica lakes and sandy terrain
Slovakia Vihorlat
Slovakia Slanské hills
Slovakia Nízke Tatry
Slovakia Slovenský karst
Slovakia Morava
Slovakia Danube floodplains
Slovakia Tríbeč
Slovakia Bukovské hills
Slovakia Veľká Fatra
Slovakia Poiplie
Slovakia Poľana
Slovakia Lešť
Slovakia Spišská Magura
Slovakia Volovské hills
Slovakia Burda
Serbia Stara mountains
Austria Austrian part of Hanság
Austria Southern Seewinkel and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen
Austria North-eastern Leithagebirge
Austria Surroundings of Mattersburg
Austria Lobau
Austria March/Thaya riverine forest
Austria Steinfeld
Austria Thermenlinie
Austria Vienna forest
Austria Western Weinviertel
Austria Riverine forests in the Tullnerfeld
Austria Lösslandschaft and Wagram east of Krems
Austria Allentsteig military training area
Austria Middle Kamp valley
Austria Lower Kamp valley
Austria Parndorfer Platte and Heideboden
Germany Lower Oder valley
Germany Rietzer See
Germany Lower Havel - Lake Schollene - Lake Gülpe
Germany Southern Tollense basin
Germany Eastern shore of Lake Müritz, Grosser Schwerin and Steinhorn
Germany Schaalsee
Germany Steinhuder Meer
Germany Middle Elbe valley with Steckby-Lödderitz forest
Germany Hakel
Germany Aland-Elbe lowlands
Germany Drömling (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Germany Landgraben-Dumme lowlands
Germany Ponds and Elbe valley near Torgau
Germany Saale-Elster valley
Germany Drömling (Niedersachsen)
Germany Barnbruch
Germany Rodachaue / Itzgrund / Oberes Maintal incl. Nassanger near Trieb and surrounding gravel pits
Germany Wahner Heide
Germany Oberes Rhinluch / Havelländisches Luch Nauen-Friesack
Germany Wagbach lowlands
Germany Peitzer und Bärenbrücker Teiche
Germany Döberitzer Heide
Germany Uckermark lake region
Germany Stechlin
Germany Märkische Schweiz
Germany Lower Elbe valley
Germany Deichvorland Oderbruch
Germany Unteres Rhinluch-Dreetzer See / Havelländisches Luch / Belziger Landschaftswiesen
Germany Schorfheide-Chorin
Germany Landgraben and Dumme lowlands
Germany Ostenholzer Moor and Meissendorfer Teiche
Germany Elbe lowlands between Schnackenburg and Lauenburg
Germany Helme reservoir Berga-Kelbra
Germany Spreewald
Germany Lowlands of middle Havel
Germany Fiener Bruch
Germany Military training area east and west of Jüterbog
Germany Salziger See and Salza valley
Germany Hudewälder northeast of Haldensleben
Germany Feldberg-Woldegk terminal moraine
Germany Peenetal (Peenetalmoor and Anklamer Stadtbruch)
Germany Lauenburgische Seen Nature Park and Schaalsee area
Germany Lucie and Landwehr
Ukraine Mzha river valley
Estonia Väinameri
Czechia Hovoransko-Cejkovicko
Czechia Podyji
Russia (Central Asian) Sources of the Bolshaya Karaganka and Syntasty rivers
Russia (European) Nizhnekamskaya flood-plain
Latvia Teici and Pelecare bogs
Latvia Adazi
Latvia Gauja national park
Latvia Orlovas bog
Latvia Aiviekste flood-plain
Latvia Augsdaugava
Latvia Kemeri national park
Latvia Berzpils bogs and flood-plains
Latvia Razna
Bulgaria Rayanovtsi
Bulgaria Western Balkan
Bulgaria Persenk
Bulgaria Kresna Gorge
Bulgaria Zlatiata
Bulgaria Central Balkan
Bulgaria Studen Kladenets
Bulgaria Sakar
Bulgaria Kaliakra
Bulgaria Galata
Bulgaria Batova
Bulgaria Bakarlaka
Bulgaria Vrachanski Balkan
Bulgaria Sredna Gora
Bulgaria Besaparski Hills
Bulgaria Sinite Kamani-Grebenets
Bulgaria Western Strandzha
Bulgaria Melnik Pyramids
Bulgaria Dobrostan
Bulgaria Slavyanka Mountain
Bulgaria Osogovo Mountain
Bulgaria Vitosha Mountain
Bulgaria Trigrad-Mursalitsa
Bulgaria Palakaria
Bulgaria Adata-Tundzha
Bulgaria Nikopolsko Plateau
Bulgaria Rupite
Bulgaria Ruy Mountain
Bulgaria Zemen Gordge
Bulgaria Emine
Russia (European) Kaluzhskiye Zaseki Nature Reserve
Bulgaria Ponor
Bulgaria Provadiysko-Royaksko plateau
Bulgaria Kamchiyska Mountain
Bulgaria Belite Skali
Bulgaria Karlukovski Karst
Bulgaria Mesta Valley
Bulgaria Studenets
Bulgaria Vasilyovska Mountain
Austria Riverine forests on the Danube east of Vienna
Austria Feuchte Ebene and Rauchwarther Platte
Austria Southern Waldviertel
Austria Central Marchfeld
Austria Freiwald
Ukraine Krasnopols'kyj Forest
Ukraine Sinelnikov Complex
Sweden Kalmar – Pataholm
Poland Marshy valley of the Drweca river
Poland Rozwarowo Marshes
Poland Bubnow Marsh
Poland Bieszczady Mountains
Poland Delta of the Swina river
Italy Alto Garda Bresciano
Poland Upper Wisla River Valley
Poland Pasleka river valley
Poland Insko Site
Poland Weltyn lakes
Poland Druzno lake
Poland Luknajno lake
Poland Wkrzanska Forest
Poland Cedynia Site
Poland Goleniow Forest
Poland Trzebiatow Site
Poland Witnica-Debno Site
Poland Barlinek Forest
Poland Drawa River Site
Poland Forest at Drawa River
Poland Middle Odra River Valley
Poland Rogalin Site
Poland Goplo Lake Site
Poland Calowanie Swamp
Poland Bielawa Swamps
Poland Krotoszyn Oak Forest
Poland Kozienicka Forest
Poland Warmia Site
Poland Lukow Forests
Poland Lower Notec River Valley
Poland Notec Forest
Poland Samica Valley
Poland Podedworze Reservoir
Poland Polesie
Poland Por River Valley
Poland Nielisz Site
Poland Tyszowce Site
Poland Beskid Niski Mountains
Slovenia Snežnik plateau and Pivka valley
Slovenia Banjšice plateau
Slovenia Vipavski rob
Turkey Kızılırmak Delta
Slovakia Laborecká upland
Finland Laajalahti bay, Vanhankaupunginlahti bay and Viikki
Finland Tammisaari and Inkoo western archipelago
Finland Eckerö and Hammarland archipelago
Turkey İğneada Forests
Turkey Terkos Basin
Turkey Uludağ
Turkey Yenice forest
Turkey İlgaz Mountains
Turkey Küre Mountains
Turkey Karçal Mountains
Turkey Eastern Black Sea Mountains
Poland Upper Vistula River Valley
Germany Geeste lowlands near Bramel
Germany Großes Moor near Gifhorn
Germany Viehmoor with Leiferder Teiche
Germany Vorderer Steigerwald - Windsheimer Bucht - Steigerwald-Vorland
Germany Wismar bay and Salzhaff
Germany Recknitz and Trebel valley
Germany Drennhauser Hinterdeich
Germany Greifswalder Bodden
Germany Coast and lagoons of Western Pomerania
Germany Mecklenburgische Schweiz
Germany Woodlands of Western Pomerania, eastern range
Germany Farmlands Prignitz with Stepenitz valley (BB) and eastern Grabow (MV)
Germany Gohrischheide
Germany Heathlands of Lieberose-Staakow-Reicherskreuz
Germany Military training area Hohenfels
Germany Serrahn and Woldegk-Feldberger Hügelland
Germany Altengrabower Heide
Germany Colblitz-Letzlinger Heide
Germany Farmlands near Kusey (Altmark)
Germany Nuthe - Nieplitz lowlands
Germany Milde lowlands/Altmark
Germany Elbe lowlands Jerichow
Germany Retzower Heide
Germany Klietzer Heide
Germany Mouth of river Schwarze Elster
Germany Glücksburger Heide
Germany Annaburger Heide
Germany Traveförde and Dassower See
Romania Avrig - Scorei - Făgăraş
Romania Nerei gorge - Beuşniţa
Romania Comana
Romania Defileul Inferior al Mureşului
Romania Kogălniceanu - Gura Ialomiţei
Romania Mures river lower flood-plain
Romania Maglavit
Romania Piatra Şoimului - Scorţeni - Gârleni
Romania Stepa Saraiu - Horea
Romania Fizes valley
Poland Sudety Wałbrzysko-Kamiennogorskie Mountains
Poland Elblag Height
Poland Szczecin lagoon
Poland Swidwie Site
Poland Miedwie site
Poland Kamien Lagoon and Dziwna River
Poland Tuchola Forest
Poland Vistula river mouth
Poland Lower Vistula River Valley
Poland Vistula Lagoon
Poland Ilawa Forest
Poland Oswin site
Poland Skaliskie Forest
Poland Nietlice marshes
Poland Augustów forest
Poland Upper Narew River Valley
Poland Wizna Swamps
Poland Lower Narew River Valley
Poland Omulew and Plodownica Rivers Valleys
Poland Upper Nurzec River Valley
Poland Biala Forest
Poland Notec river flood-plain
Poland Middle Notec River Valley
Poland Pszczew Lakes and Obra River Valley
Poland Slawskie Lakes
Poland Jeziorsko reservoir
Poland Bzura River Valley
Poland Rakutowskie swamps
Poland Skoki Gravel-Pit
Poland Lower Silesia Forests
Poland Przemków ponds
Poland Mietkow reservoir
Poland Odra riverine forests
Poland Malopolska Wisla river gap
Poland Nida Rivar Valley
Poland Tysmienica river valley
Poland Parczew forests
Poland Mosty-Zahajki Site
Poland Chelm calcareous marshes
Poland Strzeleckie forests
Poland Janów forests
Poland Solska Forest
Poland Roztocze
Poland Upper Huczwa River Catchment
Poland Szyszla River Valley
Poland Brzeszcze ponds
Poland Lower Skawa River Valley
Poland Beskid Zywiecki Mountains
Poland Przemysl Plateau
Poland Slonne Mountains
Poland Pulwy Marshes
Poland Beskid Wyspowy Mountains
Poland Grzeda Sokalska Beechwood
Poland Czarna River Valley
Poland Lower San River Valley
Poland Lower Wieprz River Valley
Poland Przysowia and Sludwia River valley
Poland Widawa and Olesnica River Valley
Poland Izerskie Mountains
Poland Karas Lake
Poland Radlow Forest
Poland Wloszczowa Basin
Poland Kurpie Site
Poland Mircze Site
Poland Sandomierz Forest
Poland Jaktorow and Krasnicza Wola Fishponds
Poland Swietokrzyskie Vistula River Valley
Poland Siemianowka Reseirvoir
Slovenia Lake Cerknica
Estonia Karala-Pilguse
Estonia Kasti bay
Estonia Lõu bay
Estonia Kolga bay
Estonia Koorunõmme
Estonia Irbe strait
Estonia Kõrgessaare-Mudaste coast
Estonia Mullutu
Estonia Nõva-Osmussaar
Estonia Pärnu bay (NEW)
Estonia Riksu coast
Estonia Siiksaare-Oessaare bays
Estonia Vilsandi archipelago
Croatia Lika Karst Fields
Croatia Gorski Kotar and Northern Lika
Croatia Mount Velebit
Croatia Mt Dinara
Croatia Lower Posavina
Greece Northern Evros and Ardas riparian forest
Greece Mount Grammos
Estonia Lahemaa
Estonia Lavassaare
Estonia Luitemaa
Belarus Pripiat
Serbia Svrljisko pobrdje
Serbia Timocko pobrdje

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable breeding
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable non-breeding
Forest Temperate major breeding
Savanna Dry suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Temperate suitable breeding
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Sylvia nisoria. Downloaded from on 18/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 18/10/2021.