Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Marmora's Warbler (Sylvia sarda)


French: Fauvette sarde German: Sardengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca sarda

Sylvia sarda


, 1820,

Sardinia, Italy


Formerly included S. balearica as a race; see that species. Monotypic.


Corsica and Sardinia and some off-lying islets, also on a few islands off W Italian coast (Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo) and Pantelleria; non-breeding also N Africa (N Algeria E to NW Libya).

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 8·5–12 g. Rather small, fairly long-tailed warbler with short, rounded wings; bulkier and less graceful than S. balearica. Male breeding... read more


Song, from perch, less frequently from within cover or in song flight, composed of short twittering... read more


Favours uniform, low Mediterranean scrubland (c. 0·5–1 m tall), such as Cistus... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly spiders (Araneae) and small insects and their larvae. Nestlings fed with lepidopteran caterpillars and pupae, flies (Diptera),... read more


Season mostly Mar–Jul, with main laying period between early Apr and late May; one or two broods. Monogamous; solitary, territorial... read more


Most of population resident. Some altitudinal movements, linked to snow cover. Some, mostly first-... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to very common in favourable habitats. By 2000, total population estimated at 15,000–50,000 breeding pairs (10,000–40,000 in... read more

Recommended citation

Aymí, R. & Gargallo, G. (2020). Marmora's Warbler (Sylvia sarda). 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 22 February 2020).