Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Rüppell's Warbler (Sylvia ruppeli)


French: Fauvette de Rüppell German: Maskengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca de Rüppell

Sylvia ruppeli

[sic] Temminck

, 1823,

Iraklion, north Crete, Greece


Original species name likely an unintended misspelling, but original description yields no internal evidence to this effect; emendation to “rueppelli” (as in HBW) therefore unjustified#R. Monotypic.


Extreme S mainland Greece, the Peleponnese, Crete, some of larger islands in Aegean Sea (e.g. Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Kos), irregularly Rhodes; also W & S Turkey (locally around Sea of Marmara and N fringe of Central Plateau, more commonly W Anatolia and Mediterranean coast E to Gulf of Iskenderun); marginally, NW Syria. Winters mainly in narrow strip of C & E Sahel (mostly Chad and Sudan).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 9–15 g. Medium-sized, rather robust Sylvia with relatively long wings and distinctly long and strong, slightly decurved bill; less long-tailed than... read more


Song, from bush perch, treetop or rock, or in song flight, a rather short and jerky chatter... read more


Breeds in dry and warm rocky areas and hillsides covered with scrub and maquis, from sea-level to c... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently mostly adult and larval insects, probably also other arthropods; takes berries outside breeding season, e.g. Capparis... read more


Laying mainly mid-Apr to mid-May in Greece, season probably early Apr to Jun; apparently single-brooded. Monogamous; solitary, territorial... read more


Long-distance migrant. Spends non-breeding season in a narrow strip of C & E Sahel of Africa,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in suitable habitats, both in breeding areas and on non-breeding grounds. Total European population (representing c. 95% of world... read more

Recommended citation

Aymí, R. & Gargallo, G. (2020). Rüppell's Warbler (Sylvia ruppeli). 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 2020).