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Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides

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 Low
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 556,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 556,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.7 - - -
Population justification: In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 530000-800000 breeding pairs, equating to 1590000-2400000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 50-74% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 2150000-4800000 individuals, although further validation of this estimate is needed.
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.

Country/Territory distribution

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

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Austria Neusiedler See site factsheet
Belarus Balota Zvaniec site factsheet
Belarus Prostyr site factsheet
Belarus Sporaŭskaje balota site factsheet
France Vallée de la Conie et Beauce centrale site factsheet
Poland Goplo Lake Site site factsheet
Poland Lower Odra river valley site factsheet
Poland Tuchola Forest site factsheet
Serbia Carska bara site factsheet
Serbia Obedska bara site factsheet
Ukraine Korotchenkivs'ki meadows site factsheet
Ukraine Lyman lake site factsheet
Ukraine Molochna river valley site factsheet
Ukraine Mzha river valley site factsheet
Ukraine Oril' river valley site factsheet
Ukraine Pryp'yat' river valley site factsheet

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 major breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable non-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 (2014) Species factsheet: Locustella luscinioides. Downloaded from on 16/04/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 16/04/2014.

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 (Savi, 1824)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 556,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species