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Rueppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
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 Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 562,000 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 2,620,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4 - - -
Population justification: In Europe (which covers >95% of the breeding range), the breeding population is estimated to be 200000-610000 breeding pairs, equating to 600000-1830000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any current declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Algeria Vagrant Extant        
Bulgaria Vagrant Extant        
Chad Native Extant        
Denmark Vagrant Extant        
Djibouti Vagrant Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Eritrea Vagrant Extant        
Faroe Islands (to Denmark) Vagrant Extant        
Finland Vagrant Extant        
Greece Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Iran, Islamic Republic of Vagrant Extant     Yes  
Israel Native Extant        
Italy Native Extant     Yes  
Jordan Native Extant     Yes  
Lebanon Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Libya Native Extant        
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Native Extant Yes      
Mali Vagrant Extant        
Malta Vagrant Extant        
Niger Vagrant Extant        
Romania Vagrant Extant        
Saudi Arabia Native Extant     Yes  
Sudan Native Extant   Yes    
Sweden Vagrant Extant        
Syria Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Turkey Native Extant Yes      
United Kingdom Vagrant Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Greece Chalki island and surrounding islets site factsheet
Greece East Lakonia mountains site factsheet
Greece Krioneritis mountain site factsheet
Greece Lake Distos site factsheet
Greece Mount Asterousia (Kofinas) site factsheet
Greece Mount Idi site factsheet
Greece Mount Kerkis site factsheet
Greece Mount Lepetymnos, Lesvos, and surrounding marine area site factsheet
Greece Mount Taigetos site factsheet
Greece Mount Ymittos site factsheet
Greece Mounts Artemisio and Lirkio site factsheet
Greece Nisiros island and nearby islets site factsheet
Greece Southern and eastern part of Mount Parnassos site factsheet
Greece Southern Mani, Mount Sanghias and Cape Tenaro site factsheet
Syria Jabal Slenfeh site factsheet
Syria Umm al-Tuyyur site factsheet
Turkey Alaçatı site factsheet
Turkey Amanos Mountains site factsheet
Turkey Bey Mountains site factsheet
Turkey Bolkar Mountains site factsheet
Turkey Datça and Bozburun Peninsula site factsheet
Turkey Dilek Peninsula site factsheet
Turkey Güllük Mountain site factsheet
Turkey Karaburun and İldir Strait Islands site factsheet
Turkey Köprüçay Valley site factsheet
Turkey Tahtalı Mountains site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation major breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 1000 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 1600 m


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Sylvia rueppelli. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Sylviidae (Old World warblers)
Species name author Temminck, 1823
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 562,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment