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Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda
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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) 37,600
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 210,000
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: The breeding population, which is confined to Europe, is estimated to number 29,000-75,000 breeding pairs, equating to 87,000-225,000 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 Native Extant        
Denmark Vagrant Extant        
Egypt Vagrant Extant        
France Native Extant       Yes
Gibraltar (to UK) Vagrant Extant        
Greece Native Extant        
Italy Native Extant       Yes
Libya Native Extant        
Malta Vagrant Extant        
Morocco Vagrant Extant        
Spain Native Extant       Yes
Tunisia Native Extant        
United Kingdom Vagrant Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
France Vallée du Régino site factsheet
Italy Argentario, Laguna di Orbetello Lagoon e Lago di Burano site factsheet
Italy Asinara island, Piana island and Stintino peninsula site factsheet
Italy Cape Caccia and Conte port site factsheet
Italy Coast between Bosa and Alghero site factsheet
Italy Mount Sette Fratelli and Sarrabus site factsheet
Italy Orosei Gulf, Supramonte and Gennargentu site factsheet
Italy Pantelleria site factsheet
Italy San Pietro and Sant'Antioco islands site factsheet
Italy Sinis and Oristano wetlands site factsheet
Italy Tuscan Archipelago site factsheet
Spain Archipelago of Cabrera site factsheet
Spain Cala Salada - Illa d'en Calders site factsheet
Spain Cape Barbaria site factsheet
Spain Cape Pinar site factsheet
Spain Coastal cliffs between Cape Enderrocat and Cala Pí site factsheet
Spain La Mola of Formentera site factsheet
Spain Salobrar de Campos Lagoons-Sa Vall site factsheet
Spain Salt-pans of Ibiza and Formentera and Freus isles site factsheet
Spain Tramuntana mountains site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation major breeding
Shrubland Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation major non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 2000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Sylvia sarda. 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, 1820
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 37,600 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment