Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida


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
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) 5,370,000 km2
Extent of Occurrence (non-breeding) 3,890,000 km2
Severely fragmented? no -
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size 180000-489999 mature individuals poor estimated 2012
Population trend stable - suspected -
Generation length 4 years - - -

Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 13,500-36,600 pairs, which equates to 27,000-73,200 mature individuals (BirdLife International 2015). Europe forms c.15% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 180,000-488,000 mature individuals.

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. In Europe the population size is estimated to be stable.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Afghanistan extant native yes
Armenia extant native yes
Azerbaijan extant native yes
Bahrain extant native yes
Cyprus extant vagrant
Djibouti extant native
Egypt extant native
Eritrea extant native
Ethiopia extant native
Georgia extant native yes
India extant native
Iran, Islamic Republic of extant native yes
Iraq extant native yes yes
Israel extant native yes
Jordan extant native yes yes
Kazakhstan extant native yes
Kenya extant native
Kuwait extant native yes
Lebanon extant native yes yes
Oman extant native yes
Pakistan extant native
Palestine extant native yes yes
Qatar extant native yes
Saudi Arabia extant native yes
Somalia extant native
Sudan extant vagrant yes
Syria extant native yes yes
Tajikistan extant native
Tanzania extant native
Türkiye extant native yes
Turkmenistan extant native
Uganda extant native
United Arab Emirates extant native yes
Uzbekistan extant native
Yemen extant native yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Syria Mount Hermon
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Zaribar
Iran, Islamic Republic of Western Zagros north of Nowsud
Iran, Islamic Republic of Oshtrankuh Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Kuh-i Dena, and Yasuj and Sisakht area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Arjan Protected Area
Iran, Islamic Republic of Khabr-va-Rouchoon Wildlife Refuge
Iran, Islamic Republic of Kuh-i Bazman
Jordan Dana
Oman Empty Quarter
Saudi Arabia Hawtat Bani Tamim
Syria Abu Zad
Syria Wadi al-Qarn - Burqush
Yemen Al-Kadan area
Tajikistan Mogoltau massif
Tajikistan Dangara massif
Uzbekistan Middle reaches of the Sherabad River
Turkmenistan Badhyz
Kazakhstan Kenshektau Mountains
Turkmenistan Garashor
Turkmenistan Garabil
Turkmenistan Delili - Garajabatyr
Turkmenistan Tejen
Turkmenistan Garadegish
Turkmenistan Koymat - Begarslan
Lebanon Upper Mountains of Akkar-Donnieh
Lebanon Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve
Iraq Barzan Area and Gali Balnda
Iraq Dukan Lake
Iraq Peramagroon Mountain
Iraq Qara Dagh

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable breeding
Desert Hot suitable breeding
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level suitable breeding
Savanna Dry suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation suitable breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable breeding
Altitude 0 - 2400 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Hippolais languida. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.