BIRDS of THE WORLD - An Online Bird Book
SEARCH 

WARBLER-like Familes

FOUND mainly in

Australasia
Asia, Europe
Madagascar
Africa, Asia

Africa, Asia, Australasia
Africa, Asia, Australasia
Africa
Asia

New World
Asia, Europe
Africa, Asia, Europe, NA
Africa, Asia, Europe
COMMON NAME

Australian Warblers
Reed Warblers
Malagasy warblers
Bush Warblers

Apalis, Cisticola, Tailorbird
Grass Warblers and allies
African Warblers
Parrotbills

New World Warblers
Leaf-Warblers
Kinglets
Typical Warblers

TYPICAL WARBLERs

  Order Passeriformes    Family Sylvidae


Sylvidae used to contain over 400 species, many of which were only distanlty related. Most of the species have been moved into newly created families that DNA evidence suggest are more closely related. The present Sylvidae family contains the "true warblers" of Genus Syvlia and some other species that may or may not be a closely related.


Genus Lioptilus - 1 species

Blackcap,_Bush   Lioptilus nigricapillus  Found: South Africa, Swaziland
Image by: 1) Johann_du_Preez  2) Alan_Manson - South Africa 
1) Juvenile



Genus Parophasma - 1 species

Catbird,_Abyssinian  Parophasma galinieri Found: Ethiopia
Image by: 1, 2) Thomas_Varto_Nielsen



Genus Sylvia
The "typical warblers" occur in temperate to tropical regions of Europe, western and central Asia, and Africa. They have a slightly thicker bill than many other warblers, They are usually gray and / or brown, usually darker above and paler below. The tail is usually square-ended. A third of the species also have a red eye ring in males. They are commonly associated with open woodland, scrub, hedges or shrubs.

Babbler,_African_Hill  Sylvia abyssinica also  Pseudoalcippe abyssinica  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Kenya  2) Thomas_Varto_Nielsen - Ethiopia


Babbler,_Dohrn's_Thrush-  Sylvia dohrni  also  Horizorhinus dohrni Found: São Tomé and Príncipe (off west coast of central Africa)
Image by: 1) Joseph_Smit  2) Nik_Borrow


Blackcap  also  Eurasian Blackcap  Sylvia atricapilla  Found: Europe
The Blackcap is mainly gray in plumage. The male has the small black cap from which the species gets its name, whereas in the female the cap is brown. It is a bird of shady woodlands with ground cover for nesting.
Image by: 1) Vogelartinfo  2) Jakub Stanco  3) Cayambe    4) Cristiano Crolle
1) Female 2, 3, 4) Male


Warbler,_African_Desert  Sylvia deserti  Found: from southern Morocco east to western Libya and south to Mali and Niger
The African Desert Warbler has pale sandy-brown upperparts; whitish underparts; yellowish bill, legs.
Image by: 1) Peter_Lindenburg


Warbler,_Arabian  Sylvia leucomelaena  Found: southwest Asia
The male Arabian Warbler has  grayish-brown upperparts; blackish-brown hood, tail; white eye-ring; pale gray underparts. Female similar with chocolate-brown hood, tail; less conspicuous eye-ring.
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Marcel_Holyoak - Israel


Warbler,_Asian_Desert  Sylvia nana  Found: northeast Africa, deserts of Asia
The Asian Desert Warbler has pale gray-brown upperparts; browner wings, tail; whitish underparts; yellowish bill, legs; yellow eye.
Image by: 1) Sameh_Odeh - Qatar  2) Marcel_Holyoak - Israel


Warbler,_Barred  Sylvia nisoria  Found: Africa, Asia, Europe
The male Barred Warbler has mainly gray upperparts; heavily barred underparts. Female paler and less barred.
Image by: 1, 3) Radovan_Vaclav - Slovakia  2) Artur_Mikolajewski- Poland 
1) Juvenile


Warbler,_Brown  also Brown Parisoma  Sylvia lugens also Parisoma Lugens  Found: Africa
The Brown Parisoma has brown upperparts; whitish throat with gray sides; whitish bell.
Image by: Joseph Mochoge - Eburu Kenya


Warbler,_Cyprus  Sylvia melanothorax  Found: breeds Cyprus; winters Israel, Jordan, Egypt
The male Cyprus Warbler has gray upperparts; black head; white malar streaks. Female has mainly gray upperparts; grayer head; whitish underpartw with light spots.
Image by: 1) Ensind - Cyrus


Warbler,_Dartford  Sylvia undata  Found: western Europe, northwestern Africa
The Dartford Warbler has gray upperparts; red underparts. Male has darker underparts than female.
Image by: 1, 3) Paul_Roberts  2) Carles_Pastor  4) chausinho
1, 2) Female 3, 4) Male


Warbler,_Marmora's  Sylvia sarda  Found: Mediterranean islands, north Africa
The Marmora's Warbler has gray plumage. Male has darker patch on forehead.
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Italy


Warbler,_Menetries's  Sylvia mystacea  Found: southwest Asia
The male Menetries's Warbler has dark gray upperparts; blackish cap; darker forehead; gray nape; whitish underparts. Nonbreeding male is browner. Female has sandy gray-brown upperparts; buff-white underparts.
Image by: 1) Durzan_Cirano  2) Werner_Witte


Warbler,_Moltoni's  Sylvia subalpina  Found: southern Europe, Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean
I mage by: 1) picus_picus  2) Daniele_Occhiato


Warbler,_Rueppell's  Sylvia rueppelli  Found: Greece, Turkey, northeast Africa
The Rueppell's Warbler has plain gray upperparts; paler gray underparts; fine pointed bill; red eyes; brown legs. Male has black head; usually black throat; white malar stripe.Female has gray head; pale throat.
Image by: 1, 4) Michael_Sveikutis  2) Sergey_Yeliseev - Turkey  3) Durzan_Cirano 
1) Female   2, 3, 4) Male


Warbler,_Sardinian  Sylvia melanocephala  Found: southern Europe, northern Africa
The male Sardinian Warbler has gray upperparts, nape; black head; white throat; whitish underparts; red eyes. Males can have a red tinge. Female has brown upperparts; gray head; buff underparts.
Image by: 1) Ximo_Galarza  2) Juan_Emilio - Canary Islands  3) Warbler,_Sardinian  4) Jan_Svetlik


Warbler,_Subalpine  Sylvia cantillans  Found: southern Europe, northwest Africa
The male Subalpine Warbler has gray upperparts, head; white malar streak; reddish underparts. Female has mainly brown upperparts; grayer head; whitish underparts with pink wash.
Image by: 1) Gary_Clark  2) Rodrigo_Saldanha - Portugal  3) Michael_Sveikutis
1, 2) Female 3) Male



Warbler, Chestnut-vented   also  Rufous-vented Warbler  Sylvia subcaerulea  Found: Africa
The Chestnut-vented Warbler has gray-brown upperparts; blackish tail; gray throat with dark streaking; gray underparts; chestnut vent.
Image by: 1) Alan Manson - South Africa  2) Cristiano Crolle - Solitaire, Namibia


Warbler, Dartford   Sylvia undata  Found: western Europe, northwest Africa
The male Dartford Warbler has gray back, head; reddish underparts; red eye; reddish throat spotted with white; dull gray sides. Female browner gray upperparts; paler throat; long tail.
Image by: 1) Paul Roberts - Wales  2) TonyC  3) J Dietrich - Spain  4) Arturo - Spain 


Warbler,_Eastern_Orphean  Sylvia crassirostris  Found: southeast Europe, northeast Africa; southwest Asia
The male Eastern Orphean Warbler has plain gray upperparts; dark gray head; black eye-mask; white throat; whitish underparts; long black bill. Female has gray head; reddish underparts; brownish tinge to gray upperparts.
Similar to: Western Orphean Warbler.
Image by: 1) Michael_Sveikutis


Warbler, Garden  Sylvia borin    Found: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Garden Warbler mainly is brown-gray above and whitish below. It has no obvious distinctive features.
Image by: BillyBoy


Warbler,_Layard's  Sylvia layardi  also  Curruca layardi  Found: Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - South Africa


Warbler, Spectacled  Sylvia conspicillata  Found: Europe, Africa
The Spectacled Warbler is brown above and buff below, with chestnut wing patches and a white throat. Adult males have a gray head and the white eye ring which gives the species its name.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Juan Emilio


Warbler,_Tristram's  Sylvia deserticola  Found: Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Stephen_Davis


Warbler,_Western_Orphean  Sylvia hortensis  Found: western Europe to northwest Africa
The male Western Orphean Warbler has plain gray upperparts; dark gray head; black eye-mask; white throat; whitish underparts; long black bill. Female has gray head; buffer underparts; brownish tinge to gray upperparts.
Similar to: Eastern Orphean Warbler.
Image by: 1) Agustin_Povedano - Spain  2) Ximo_Galarza
1) Juvenile 2) Male


Warbler,_Yemen  Sylvia buryi  Found: Saudi Arabia, Yemen
The Yemen Warbler has dark brown upperparts; paler underparts; white chin.
Image by: 1) Hanne and Jens Eriksen


Whitethroat, Common also Greater Whitethroat  Sylvia communis   Found: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Common Whitethroat has mainly brown upperparts; buff underparts. Male has gray head, white throat. Female lacks gray on head and has duller throat.
Image by: 1) Steve Garvie - Scotland  2) Charlie Westerinen - Victoria falls, Zimbabwe  3) Maggiore Lake, Italy


Whitethroat,_Desert  Sylvia minula  Found: Asia
The Desert Whitethroat has gray-brown upperparts; white throat; pale grayish-white underparts.
Similar to: Lesser Whitethroat. The Lesser Whitethroat is darker around the eyes than the Desert Whitethroat.
Image by: 1) Kishore_Bhargava


Whitethroat,_Hume's  Sylvia althaea  Found: Asia
The Hume's Whitethroat has gray-brown upperparts; white throat; pale grayish-white underparts.
Similar to: Lesser Whitethroat. Hume's Whitethroat darker upperparts and head than Lesser Whiteface.
Image by: 1) JM_Garg


Whitethoat,_Lesser  Sylvia curruca  Found: Asia, Europe
The Lesser Whitethroat has gray upperparts; gray head with darker mask; white throat, underparts.
Similar to: Desert Whitethroat. The Lesser Whitethroat is darker around the eyes than the Desert Whitethroat.
Similar to: Hume's Whitethroat. Hume's Whitethroat darker upperparts and head than Lesser Whiteface.
Image by: 1) Martin_Mecnarowski  2) Aaron_Maizlish


Whitethroat,_Margelanic  Margelanic Whitethroat  Found: China
Image by: 1) StephenDavis





Back to Top