Order Passeriformes

Family Sylviidae

Old World Warblers
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  • Small to medium-sized, slender passerines, having generally thin, pointed bill with bristles at base, tail very long to almost absent; plumage mostly plain, often brownish, greyish or green-tinged, some species with bright colours.
  • Old World.
  • Most vegetated habitats, from forest to scrub, grassland and reedbeds and swamps.
  • 7-28 cm.
  • 42 genera, 273 species, 663 taxa.
  • 30 species threatened;
    1 species (almost certainly) and 8 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Bairlein, F. & Bonan, A. (2017). Old World Warblers (Sylviidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52320 on 27 March 2017).