Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax)


French: Fauvette de Chypre German: Schuppengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca chipriota

Sylvia melanothorax


, 1872,

En Gedi, Dead Sea, Israel




Cyprus; non-breeding along narrow strip of Red Sea coast from NE Egypt (E of Suez, coastal Sinai) E to Arava depression and perhaps NW Saudi Arabia, and S to NE Sudan.

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; 9·4–15 g. Medium-sized, slightly bulky Sylvia with moderately long tail and relatively short and rounded wing. Male breeding has... read more


Song, from bush perch or, less frequently, in song flight, consists of vigorous chatters combining... read more


Breeds in rather wide range of scrub and maquis, from sea-level to 1400 m. Prefers medium-height... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently mostly invertebrates, but exact composition of diet very poorly known; probably takes berries outside breeding season.... read more


Season late Mar to Jun, most clutches laid Apr–May in lowlands and up to Jun at higher elevations; only one brood reported, but few... read more


Partial migrant; some remain on breeding grounds throughout year, others (apparently majority)... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Cyprus EBA. Common to very common in suitable habitats. In 2000, total population estimated at... read more

Recommended citation

Aymí, R., Gargallo, G. & de Juana, E. (2020). Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax). 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 on 21 February 2020).