Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides


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
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Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2014 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 Low
Land mass type Average mass -

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 16,600,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 4,970,000
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 800000-1499999 poor estimated 2012
Population trend Stable suspected -
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) 3.7 - - -

Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 281,000-474,000 pairs, which equates to 561,000-949,000 mature individuals (BirdLife International 2015). Europe forms c.65% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 860,000-1,460,000 mature individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed.

Trend justification: In Europe the overall trend from 1980-2011 was stable, based on provisional data for 27 countries from the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (EBCC/RSPB/BirdLife/Statistics Netherlands). The trend between 2000 and 2012 was unknown (BirdLife International 2015).

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Afghanistan U Extant Yes
Albania N Extant Yes
Algeria N Extant
Armenia N Extant Yes
Austria N Extant Yes
Azerbaijan U Extant
Bahrain N Extant Yes
Belarus N Extant Yes
Belgium N Extant Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina N Extant Yes
Bulgaria N Extant Yes
Cameroon N Extant
Chad V Extant
China (mainland) N Extant Yes
Croatia N Extant Yes
Cyprus N Extant
Czechia N Extant Yes
Denmark N Extant Yes Yes
Egypt N Extant
Eritrea N Extant
Estonia N Extant Yes
Ethiopia N Extant
Finland N Extant Yes
France N Extant Yes
Germany N Extant Yes
Ghana N Extant
Gibraltar (to UK) V Extant
Greece N Extant Yes Yes
Hungary N Extant Yes
Iran, Islamic Republic of N Extant Yes
Iraq N Extant Yes
Ireland V Extant
Israel N Extant Yes
Italy N Extant Yes Yes
Jordan N Extant Yes
Kazakhstan N Extant Yes
Kenya V Extant
Kuwait N Extant Yes
Latvia N Extant Yes
Lebanon N Extant Yes Yes
Libya N Extant
Lithuania N Extant Yes
Luxembourg V Extant
Mali N Extant
Malta N Extant
Mauritania N Extant
Moldova N Extant Yes
Montenegro N Extant Yes
Morocco N Extant
Netherlands N Extant Yes
Nigeria N Extant
North Macedonia N Extant Yes
Norway V Extant
Oman V Extant Yes
Palestine N Extant Yes
Poland N Extant Yes
Portugal N Extant Yes
Qatar N Extant Yes
Romania N Extant Yes
Russia N Extant Yes
Russia (Central Asian) N Extant Yes
Russia (European) N Extant Yes
Saudi Arabia N Extant Yes
Senegal N Extant
Serbia N Extant Yes
Slovakia N Extant Yes
Slovenia N Extant Yes
South Sudan N Extant Yes
Spain N Extant Yes
Sudan N Extant
Sweden N Extant Yes
Switzerland N Extant Yes
Syria N Extant Yes Yes
Tajikistan U Extant
Tunisia N Extant
Turkey N Extant Yes
Turkmenistan N Extant Yes
Ukraine N Extant Yes
United Arab Emirates N Extant Yes
United Kingdom N Extant Yes
Uzbekistan N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Serbia Carska bara
Serbia Subotica lakes and sandy terrain
Belarus Balota Zvaniec
Belarus Mid Prypiac'
Belarus Lower Pripyat
Lithuania Metelys, Dusia & Obelija lakes
Lithuania Zaltytis
Lithuania Lake Kasonys and adjacent wetlands
Latvia Engure lake
Latvia Pape lake
Portugal Paul de Arzila
Portugal Ria de Aveiro
Romania Satchinez marsh
Romania Stânca lake - Costeşti
Slovenia Lake Cerknica
Slovenia River Drava
Slovenia River Mura
Slovenia Krakovo forest and Šentjernej plain
Sweden River Helge
Poland Delta of the Swina river
Poland Bubnow Marsh
Poland Ner River Valley
Poland Slesin and Wystep ponds
Poland Pisz forest
Poland Marshy valley of the Drweca river
Poland Upper Narew River Valley
Poland Starzawa ponds
Poland Narew river gaps
Poland Marshy Valley of the Narew River
Poland Oswin site
Poland Slupia River Valley
Poland Gródek-Michalowo basin
Poland Lower Odra river valley
Poland Nietlice marshes
Poland Ostrówek and Smogulec ponds
Greece Mesolongi and Aitoliko lagoons, Acheloos delta and Evinos estuary
Greece Dionysades islets, Crete
Greece Gera gulf, Ntipi and Charamida marshes, Lesvos
Greece Kalloni Gulf, Lesvos
Greece Lake Ismarida (Mitrikou)
Greece Agios Mamas marsh
Greece Porto Lagos, lake Vistonida and coastal lagoons
Greece Nestos delta and coastal lagoons
Finland Kirkon-Vilkkiläntura Bay
Hungary Lake Fertő
Hungary Pacsmag Lakes of Regöly
Ukraine Sul's'ka bay
Ukraine Pryp'yat' river valley
Ukraine Korotchenkivs'ki meadows
Ukraine Lyman lake
Ukraine Udaj river valley
Ukraine Oril' river valley
Ukraine Molochna river valley
Ukraine Vovk river valley
Ukraine Orikhivski lake-system
France Vallée de la Conie et Beauce centrale
France Brenne centrale
France Region de Pressac, étang de Combourg
France Marais arrières littoraux picards
France Marais de Sacy
United Kingdom Broadland
Italy Fucecchio marsh
Italy Valli di Argenta
Italy Iseo peatlands
Italy River Po: from the mouth of Adda river to Ostiglia
Italy Brabbia peatland, Lake Varese and Lake Biandronno
Italy River Po: from Ticino mouth to Adda mouth
Italy Punte Alberete and Valle della Canna, Pineta San Vitale and Pialassa della Baiona
Italy Lake Candia
Italy Lake Massaciuccoli
Italy Lake Viverone
Italy River Po from Dora Baltea mouth to Scrivia mouth
Italy Lake Maggiore
Czechia Zehunský rybník pond
Czechia Lednicke rybniky ponds (Lednice fish-ponds)
Serbia Gornje Podunavlje
Serbia Jegricka
Serbia Koviljski rit
Serbia Zasavica
Serbia Obedska bara
Serbia Pašnjaci Velike Droplje
Serbia Slano Kopovo
Slovakia Slovenský karst
Slovakia Senné
Slovakia Parížske marshes
Slovakia Morava
Slovakia Danube floodplains
Slovakia Poiplie
Austria Southern Seewinkel and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen
Austria Neusiedler See
Austria Lobau
Austria March/Thaya riverine forest
Austria Steinfeld
Austria Riverine forests on the Danube east of Vienna
Austria Riverine forests in the Tullnerfeld
Austria Fish-ponds in the Waldviertel
Austria Storage lakes on the lower Inn
Austria Lower valley of the Gail
Austria Delta of the Rhine
Poland Barycz river valley
Germany Peenetal (Peenetalmoor and Anklamer Stadtbruch)
Germany Chiemsee and Chiemseemoore
Germany Ammersee
Germany Danube valley: Regensburg-Vilshofen
Germany Donau-Auen and Donau-Ried: Höchstädt - Donauwörth
Germany Rötelsee-Weihergebiet incl. Regenaue and Chambaue
Germany Federseeried
Germany Gimbsheim-Eicher Altrhein und Fischsee
Germany Barnbruch
Germany Ponds and Elbe valley near Torgau
Germany Drömling (Niedersachsen)
Germany Saale-Elster valley
Germany Rodachaue / Itzgrund / Oberes Maintal incl. Nassanger near Trieb and surrounding gravel pits
Germany Main valley: Eltmann - Hassfurt
Germany Main valley near Schweinfurt
Germany Altmühl valley between Treuchtlingen and Leutershausen with Altmühlsee
Germany Isar valley: Gottfrieding - Plattling incl. Isar mouth
Germany Lech-Donau-Winkel: Lechstausee Feldheim and Donaustausee Bertoldsheim
Germany Danube valley: Neu-Ulm - Lauingen incl. Faiminger Stausee, Donau-Moos, and Gundelfinger Moos
Germany Oberes Rhinluch / Havelländisches Luch Nauen-Friesack
Germany Lowlands of middle Havel
Germany Pressel wooded heath and mire
Germany Wagbach lowlands
Germany Niedervieland, Ochtumniederung
Germany Bogs and heathlands of the Westmünsterland
Germany Ems valley between Leer and Emden
Germany Lower reaches of River Weser, unembanked area
Germany Winsener Elbmarsch
Germany Viehmoor with Leiferder Teiche
Germany Ostenholzer Moor and Meissendorfer Teiche
Germany Steinhuder Meer
Germany Dümmer
Germany Hamme lowlands
Germany Fehntjer Tief
Germany Elbe lowlands between Schnackenburg and Lauenburg
Germany Riddagshäuser Teiche
Germany Wendesser moor
Germany Rietzer See
Germany Lower Oder valley
Germany Lower Havel - Lake Schollene - Lake Gülpe
Germany Aisch-Regnitz-Grund
Germany Fiener Bruch
Germany Salziger See and Salza valley
Germany Untersee of Lake Constance
Croatia Poilovlje with Carp Fishponds
Lithuania Nemunas delta regional Park
Poland Swidwie Site
Ukraine Mzha river valley
Belarus Sporaŭskaje balota
Belarus Prostyr
Russia (European) Leninsk forest area
Russia (Central Asian) Lake Tenis
Russia (Central Asian) Saltaim-Tenis lake
France Lac du Der-Chantecoq et étangs latéraux
France Lac de Grand-Lieu
France Marais de la Baie d'Audierne
France Rade de Lorient
France Etang de Lindre
France Forêt de la Reine
France Bonne Anse
France Estuaire de la Gironde : marais de la rive nord
France Marais de Brière
France Baie de Bourgneuf et marais breton
Russia (European) Kaluzhskiye Zaseki Nature Reserve
Austria Surroundings of Mattersburg
Austria Middle Kamp valley
Austria Western Weinviertel
Austria Styrian Enns valley
Ukraine Serednyotomakivske reservior
Italy Vercelli rice-fields
Netherlands Alde Feanen
Netherlands Oostzanerveld
Netherlands Nieuwkoopse Plassen & De Haeck
Netherlands Naardermeer
Netherlands Oostelijke Vechtplassen
Belarus Arechaŭskaje
Netherlands De Wieden
Netherlands Biesbosch
Netherlands Weerribben
Serbia Becej fishpond
Netherlands Lake Eemmeer
Netherlands Ilperveld, Varkensland, Oostzanerveld & Twiske
Netherlands Ketelmeer & Vossemeer
Netherlands Lauwersmeer
Germany Eich-Gimbsheimer Altrhein, southern oxbow
Germany Eich-Gimbsheimer Altrhein, northern oxbow
Germany Lengeder Teichgebiet
Germany Sewage pond Ida near Othfresen
Germany Engdener Wüste
Germany Schorfheide-Chorin
Germany Uckermark lake region
Germany Uckertal / Unteruckersee
Germany Lewitz
Germany Eastern shore of Lake Müritz, Grosser Schwerin and Steinhorn
Germany Upper and middle reaches of river Warnow with Göwe and Mildenitz
Germany Mecklenburgische Schweiz
Germany Recknitz and Trebel valley
Germany Torgelower See and Varchentiner See
Germany Döberitzer Heide
Germany Main valley and Steiger foothills near Schweinfurt and Volkach
Germany Elbe lowlands near Bertingen
Germany Selenter See
Germany Selent-Plön fishponds
Germany Oldenburger Graben and Wesseker See
Germany Nuthe - Nieplitz lowlands
Germany Lauenburgische Seen Nature Park and Schaalsee area
Germany Kühren Teich and Lanker See
Germany Gotteskoogsee
Germany Warder See
Germany Haaler Au lowlands
Lebanon Hima Anjar - Kfar Zabad
Poland Weltyn lakes
Poland Tuchola Forest
Poland Wizna Swamps
Poland Omulew and Plodownica Rivers Valleys
Poland Upper Nurzec River Valley
Poland Biala Forest
Poland Middle Notec River Valley
Poland Mala Welna River Valley
Poland Zgierzynieckie Lake
Poland Goplo Lake Site
Poland Odra riverine forests
Poland Polesie
Poland Brzeszcze ponds
Poland Lower Sola River Valley
Poland Lower Skawa River Valley
Poland Widawa and Olesnica River Valley
Poland Radlow Forest
Poland Peatbogs at Wieprz River
Poland Jaktorow and Krasnicza Wola Fishponds
Poland Irrigation Fields in Wroclaw
Belarus Polesye valley of river Buh
Netherlands Oostvaardersplassen
Netherlands Zwarte Meer
Sweden Lake Tåkern
Serbia Carska Bara
Serbia Becej fish-pond
Serbia Srednje Potamišje

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable non-breeding
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable non-breeding
Savanna Dry suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands major breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable breeding
Altitude 0 - 1200 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Locustella luscinioides. Downloaded from on 02/04/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 02/04/2023.