Order Passeriformes

Family Sylviidae

Old World Warblers and Parrotbills
Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the family Parrotbills (Paradoxornithidae). See link for information on this group.
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Previously considered to incorporate numerous other taxa, including some or all current members of Acrocephalidae, Locustellidae, Phylloscopidae, Scotocercidae, Macrosphenidae, Bernieridae and sometimes Cisticolidae. Earlier, this assemblage was grouped with Timaliidae (sensu lato) and Turdidae in an outsize Muscicapidae.

  • 7-28 cm.
  • 17 genera, 69 species, 181 taxa.
  • 5 species threatened;
    1 species (almost certainly) and 8 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Bairlein, F. & Bonan, A. (2019). Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52320 on 14 December 2019).