Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)

Least Concern

Olive-tree Warbler (Hippolais olivetorum)


French: Hypolaïs des oliviers German: Olivenspötter Spanish: Zarcero grande

Salicaria olivetorum


, 1837,

Zakinthos, Ionian Islands, Greece


See H. languida. Monotypic.


Mostly near coasts, from Croatia S to Greece and from extreme SE Romania and E Bulgaria S to W & S Turkey and W Syria, also N Israel; winters in E & S Africa.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 14–23 g. A large, elongate warbler with long strongish bill, long and fairly broad tail; long primary projection, about three-quarters (to equal) length... read more


Song quite deep-voiced, hard and throaty, the raucous tone likened by some to that of both ... read more


Orchards of almond (Prunus dulcis), olive (Olea) and pistachio (Pistacia vera... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently mainly insects and other invertebrates, and in summer some fruits and berries, including figs (Ficus); no detailed... read more


May–Jun; apparently single-brooded. Nest a well-built, deep cup of grasses, plant stems and soft twigs, often covered with cobwebs,... read more


Migratory. Spends non-breeding season in S Africa, chiefly from S Zambia S to N South Africa; rare... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce to fairly common within much of its range; quite common in suitable habitats along S coast of Turkey. Population in Europe in 1990s estimated... read more

Recommended citation

Svensson, L. (2019). Olive-tree Warbler (Hippolais olivetorum). 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 24 February 2019).