Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Moltoni's Warbler (Sylvia subalpina)


French: Fauvette de Moltoni German: Ligurien-Bartgrasmücke Spanish: Curruca subalpina
Other common names: Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler

Sylvia subalpina


, 1820,

“les environs de Turin”, Italy


Often referred to by (sub)species epithet moltonii, but name subalpina is valid and has priority#R#R. For long treated as a race of S. cantillans, but recognized as being distinctive on account of call, moult strategy, delayed breeding season, and very divergent mtDNA; also, more recently, the two found to occur sympatrically in N Italy#R. Monotypic.


Balearic Is (mostly Mallorca and Cabrera), Corsica, Sardinia, some Tuscan islands and N & C Italy (S Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany), perhaps also SE France; non-breeding presumed in W Sahel extending E to at least N Nigeria and Niger#R#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Moltoni's Warbler (Sylvia subalpina). 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 19 February 2019).