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Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida
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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 Low
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,600,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 2,600,000
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, the breeding population is estimated to number 14000-37000 breeding pairs, equating to 42000-111000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 5-24% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Afghanistan Native Extant Yes      
Armenia Native Extant Yes      
Azerbaijan Native Extant Yes      
Bahrain Native Extant     Yes  
Cyprus Vagrant Extant        
Djibouti Native Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Ethiopia Native Extant        
Georgia Native Extant Yes      
India Native Extant        
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant Yes      
Iraq Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Israel Native Extant Yes      
Jordan Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Kazakhstan Native Extant Yes      
Kenya Native Extant        
Kuwait Native Extant     Yes  
Lebanon Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Oman Native Extant     Yes  
Pakistan Native Extant        
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Qatar Native Extant     Yes  
Saudi Arabia Native Extant     Yes  
Somalia Native Extant        
Sudan Vagrant Extant     Yes  
Syria Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Tajikistan Native Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant        
Turkey Native Extant Yes      
Turkmenistan Native Extant        
Uganda Native Extant        
United Arab Emirates Native Extant     Yes  
Uzbekistan Native Extant        
Yemen Native Extant     Yes  

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Iran, Islamic Republic of Arjan Protected Area site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Khabr-va-Rouchoon Wildlife Refuge site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Kuh-i Bazman site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Kuh-i Dena, and Yasuj and Sisakht area site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Zaribar site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Oshtrankuh Protected Area site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Western Zagros north of Nowsud site factsheet
Jordan Dana site factsheet
Kazakhstan Kenshektau Mountains site factsheet
Lebanon Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve site factsheet
Lebanon Upper Mountains of Akkar-Donnieh site factsheet
Oman Empty Quarter site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Hawtat Bani Tamim site factsheet
Syria Abu Zad site factsheet
Syria Mount Hermon site factsheet
Syria Wadi al-Qarn - Burqush site factsheet
Tajikistan Dangara massif site factsheet
Tajikistan Mogoltau massif site factsheet
Turkmenistan Badhyz site factsheet
Turkmenistan Delili - Garajabatyr site factsheet
Turkmenistan Garabil site factsheet
Turkmenistan Garadegish site factsheet
Turkmenistan Garashor site factsheet
Turkmenistan Koymat - Begarslan site factsheet
Turkmenistan Tejen site factsheet
United Arab Emirates Qarn Nazwa site factsheet
Uzbekistan Middle reaches of the Sherabad River site factsheet

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 breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 2400 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Hippolais languida. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016.

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 (Ehrenberg, 1833)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,600,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment