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Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata
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IUCN Red List history

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


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,230,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 3,080,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Unknown -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4 - - -
Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 180,000-440,000 breeding pairs, equating to 540,000-1,320,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 25-49% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population
Trend justification: The population trend in the 25 EU member states was unknown between 1990-2000 (BirdLife International 2004).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Algeria Native Extant        
Cape Verde Native Extant        
Croatia Vagrant Extant        
Cyprus Native Extant       Yes
Egypt Native Extant        
Ethiopia Vagrant Extant        
France Native Extant Yes      
Gambia Vagrant Extant        
Germany Vagrant Extant        
Gibraltar (to UK) Native Extant Yes      
Greece Vagrant Extant        
Iraq Unknown Extant   Yes    
Israel Native Extant       Yes
Italy Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Jordan Native Extant       Yes
Lebanon Native Extant       Yes
Libya Native Extant   Yes    
Malta Native Extant       Yes
Mauritania Native Extant        
Morocco Native Extant        
Netherlands Vagrant Extant        
Niger Vagrant Extant        
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant       Yes
Portugal Native Extant Yes      
Saudi Arabia Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Senegal Native Extant        
Spain Native Extant       Yes
Switzerland Native Extant Yes      
Syria Native Extant     Yes Yes
Tunisia Native Extant        
Turkey Native Extant Yes      
United Kingdom Vagrant Extant        
Western Sahara Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Algeria Belezma site factsheet
Croatia Neretve delta site factsheet
Cyprus Karpasia Peninsula - Kleides Islands site factsheet
Cyprus Pentadaktylos Mountains site factsheet
Italy Argentario, Laguna di Orbetello Lagoon e Lago di Burano site factsheet
Italy Mount Cofano, Cape San Vito and Mount Sparagio site factsheet
Italy Murge site factsheet
Italy San Pietro and Sant'Antioco islands site factsheet
Italy Tuscan Archipelago site factsheet
Jordan Dana site factsheet
Jordan Dibbin Forest site factsheet
Lebanon Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve site factsheet
Libya Geziret al Elba - Ayn al Ghazalah Bay site factsheet
Libya Karabolli site factsheet
Morocco Embouchure Oued Moulouya site factsheet
Morocco Merzouga/Tamezguidat site factsheet
Morocco Parc National de Souss-Massa and Aglou site factsheet
Morocco Parc National de Toubkal site factsheet
Morocco Parc National du Haut Atlas Oriental site factsheet
Morocco Parc Naturel d'Ifrane site factsheet
Morocco Piste de Tagdilt site factsheet
Morocco Region Fouchal - Matarka site factsheet
Morocco Tamri and Imsouane site factsheet
Morocco Tarhazoute site factsheet
Portugal Malcata mountains site factsheet
Portugal Upper River Tejo site factsheet
Spain Bardenas Reales site factsheet
Spain El Pardo-Viñuelas site factsheet
Spain Monfragüe site factsheet
Spain Mountain range and saltpans at Cabo de Gata site factsheet
Spain Sierra Morena de Córdoba site factsheet
Spain Toledo mountains-Cabañeros site factsheet
Syria Mount Hermon site factsheet
Tunisia Djebel el Haouaria site factsheet
Tunisia El Houareb reservoir site factsheet
Tunisia Kerkennah islands site factsheet
Tunisia Kneiss site factsheet
Tunisia Metbassta site factsheet
Tunisia Sebkhet Dreïaa site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Desert Hot major non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Salt Marshes (Emergent Grasses) suitable breeding
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation major breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Sport hunting/specimen collecting - - -  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Sylvia conspicillata. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016.

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, 1820
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,230,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment