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Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea
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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) 1,590,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals U not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable Suspected -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified. In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 43,000-150,000 breeding pairs, equating to 129,000-450,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004), but Europe forms <5% of the global range.
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
Afghanistan Native Extant     Yes  
Armenia Native Extant Yes      
Azerbaijan Native Extant Yes      
Bahrain Native Extant     Yes  
Djibouti Native Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Ethiopia Native Extant        
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Iraq Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Israel Vagrant Extant        
Jordan Native Extant     Yes  
Kazakhstan Native Extant Yes      
Kuwait Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Lebanon Native Extant     Yes  
Nigeria Vagrant Extant        
Oman Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Qatar Native Extant     Yes  
Russia Native Extant Yes      
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes      
Saudi Arabia Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Somalia Native Extant        
Spain Vagrant Extant        
Sudan Native Extant   Yes    
Syria Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Tajikistan Native Extant Yes      
Turkey Native Extant Yes      
Turkmenistan Native Extant Yes      
United Arab Emirates Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Uzbekistan Native Extant Yes      
Yemen Native Extant   Yes Yes  

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Lebanon Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Hawtat Bani Tamim site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Jabal Aja and Northern Ha'il site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Mahazat as-Sayd site factsheet
Saudi Arabia National Wildlife Research Center and environs, Taif site factsheet
Syria Abu Zad site factsheet
Syria Wadi al-Qarn - Burqush site factsheet
Yemen Ma'rib - Naqil Fardah - Baraqish site factsheet
Yemen Mafraq al-Mukha site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations Suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens Suitable breeding
Desert Hot Suitable non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Salt Marshes (Emergent Grasses) Suitable non-breeding
Savanna Dry Suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry Suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry Major breeding
Altitude 0 - 1400 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Sylvia mystacea. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

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 M&eacute;n&eacute;tries, 1832
Population size U mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,590,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment