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Sylviidae - Old World warblers, gnatcatchers

Dusky warblerThere are around 293 species of Old World warblers. They are small to medium-sized birds between 3.5-10 inches in length. They have slender bills; medium-sized, rounded wings; short tails; and short to medium legs. They are usually brown, gray, or olive in color with some streaks and bars. Some species are more boldly patterned. Most species are found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They live in forests, brushlands, and marshes. Most of their diet is made up of insects. Many species have well-developed songs.

World Status Key
Least Concern Least Concern Near Threatened Near Threatened Vulnerable Vulnerable Endangered Endangered Critically Endangered Critically Endangered
extinct in the wild Extinct in the Wild extinct Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species


 North/Central American Species

  Millerbird - Acrocephalus familiaris Critically Endangered
Lanceolated Warbler - Locustella lanceolata Least Concern
Middendorff's Grasshopper-warbler-Locustella ochotensis Least Concern
Arctic Warbler - Phylloscopus borealis Least Concern
Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuscatus Least Concern
Wood Warbler - Phylloscopus sibilatrix Least Concern

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Rufous-faced Warbler - Abroscopus albogularis Least Concern   Asia
Black-faced Warbler - Abroscopus schisticeps Least Concern Asia
Yellow-bellied Warbler - Abroscopus superciliaris Least Concern Asia
Rockrunner - Achaetops pycnopygius Least Concern   Africa
Thick-billed Warbler - Acrocephalus aedon Least Concern Asia
Kiritimati Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus aequinoctialis Endangered   Australia
Paddyfield Warbler - Acrocephalus agricola Least Concern Asia Europe
Great Reed-warbler-Acrocephalus arundinaceus Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
Tuamotu Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus atyphus Least Concern Australia
Australian Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus australis Least Concern Asia Australia
Black-browed Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus bistrigiceps Least Concern Asia
Cape Verde Warbler - Acrocephalus brevipennis Endangered Africa
Tahiti Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus caffer Endangered Australia
Blunt-winged Warbler - Acrocephalus concinens Least Concern Asia
Blyth's Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus dumetorum Least Concern Asia Europe
Millerbird - Acrocephalus familiaris Critically Endangered North America
Lesser Swamp-warbler - Acrocephalus gracilirostris Least Concern Africa
Basra Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus griseldis Endangered Africa Asia
Cook Islands Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus kerearako Near Threatened Australia
Nightingale Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus luscinius Critically Endangered Australia
Moustached Warbler - Acrocephalus melanopogon Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Marquesan Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus mendanae Least Concern Australia
Madagascar Swamp-warbler - Acrocephalus newtoni Least Concern Africa
Large-billed Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus orinus Least Concern Asia
Aquatic Warbler - Acrocephalus paludicola Vulnerable Africa Asia Europe
Marsh Warbler - Acrocephalus palustris Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Nauru Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus rehsei Vulnerable Australia
Rimatara Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus rimatarae Vulnerable Australia
Rodrigues Warbler - Acrocephalus rodericanus Endangered Africa
Greater Swamp-warbler - Acrocephalus rufescens Least Concern Africa
Sedge Warbler - Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Eurasian Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Seychelles Warbler - Acrocephalus sechellensis Vulnerable Africa
Streaked Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus sorghophilus Vulnerable Asia
Clamorous Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus stentoreus Least Concern Africa Asia
Caroline Islands Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus syrinx Least Concern Australia
Henderson Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus taiti Vulnerable Australia
Manchurian Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus tangorum Least Concern Asia
Pitcairn Reed-warbler - Acrocephalus vaughani Endangered Australia
Sao Tome Short-tail - Amaurocichla bocagei Vulnerable Africa
Gray Emu-tail - Amphilais seebohmi Least Concern Africa
African Tailorbird - Artisornis metopias Least Concern Africa
Long-billed Tailorbird - Artisornis moreaui Critically Endangered Africa
Black-headed Rufous Warbler-Bathmocercus cerviniventris Near Threatened Africa
Black-faced Rufous Warbler - Bathmocercus rufus Least Concern Africa
Mrs Moreau's Warbler - Bathmocercus winifredae Vulnerable Africa
Appert's Tetraka - Bernieria apperti Vulnerable Africa
Gray-crowned Tetraka - Bernieria cinereiceps Near Threatened Africa
Common Tetraka - Bernieria madagascariensis Least Concern Africa
Dusky Tetraka - Bernieria tenebrosa Vulnerable Africa
Spectacled Tetraka - Bernieria zosterops Least Concern Africa
New Zealand Fernbird - Bowdleria punctata Least Concern Australia
Chatham Fernbird - Bowdleria rufescens extinct in the wild Australia
Friendly Bush-warbler - Bradypterus accentor Least Concern Asia
Bamboo Warbler - Bradypterus alfredi Least Concern Africa
Taiwan Bush-warbler - Bradypterus alishanensis Least Concern Asia
African Bush-warbler - Bradypterus baboecala Least Concern Africa
Bangwa Forest Warbler - Bradypterus bangwaensis Near Threatened Africa
African Scrub-warbler - Bradypterus barratti Least Concern Africa
White-winged Scrub-warbler - Bradypterus carpalis Least Concern Africa
Chestnut-backed Bush-warbler - Bradypterus castaneus Least Concern Asia
Long-tailed Bush-warbler - Bradypterus caudatus Least Concern Asia
Bracken Warbler - Bradypterus cinnamomeus Least Concern Africa
David's Bush-warbler - Bradypterus davidi Least Concern Asia
Dja River Warbler - Bradypterus grandis Near Threatened Africa
Grauer's Swamp-warbler - Bradypterus graueri Endangered Africa
Cameroon Scrub-warbler - Bradypterus lopezi Least Concern Africa
Brown Bush-warbler - Bradypterus luteoventris Least Concern Asia
Long-billed Bush-warbler - Bradypterus major Near Threatened Asia
Russet Bush-warbler - Bradypterus mandelli Least Concern Asia
Javan Bush-warbler - Bradypterus montis Least Concern Asia
Sri Lanka Bush-warbler - Bradypterus palliseri Near Threatened Asia
Benguet Bush-warbler - Bradypterus seebohmi Least Concern Asia
Knysna Warbler - Bradypterus sylvaticus Vulnerable Africa
Chinese Bush-warbler - Bradypterus tacsanowskius Least Concern Asia
Spotted Bush-warbler - Bradypterus thoracicus Least Concern Asia
Timor Bush-warbler - Bradypterus timorensis Near Threatened Asia
Victorin's Scrub-warbler - Bradypterus victorini Least Concern Africa
Buff-banded Grassbird - Buettikoferella bivittata Least Concern Asia
Cettia acanthizoides Least Concern Asia

Palau Bush-warbler - Cettia annae Least Concern Australia
Hume's Bush-warbler - Cettia brunnescens Least Concern Asia
Grey-sided Bush-warbler - Cettia brunnifrons Least Concern Asia
Manchurian Bush-warbler - Cettia canturians Least Concern Asia
Tanimbar Bush-warbler - Cettia carolinae Near Threatened Asia
Cetti's Warbler - Cettia cetti Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Japanese Bush-warbler - Cettia diphone Least Concern Asia
Aberrant Bush-warbler - Cettia flavolivacea Least Concern Asia
Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler - Cettia fortipes Least Concern Asia
Bougainville Bush-warbler - Cettia haddeni Near Threatened Australia
Chestnut-crowned Bush-warbler - Cettia major Least Concern Asia
Pale-footed Bush-warbler - Cettia pallidipes Least Concern Asia
Shade Warbler - Cettia parens Least Concern Australia
Fiji Bush-warbler - Cettia ruficapilla Least Concern Australia
Philippine Bush-warbler - Cettia seebohmi Least Concern Asia
Sunda Bush-warbler - Cettia vulcania Least Concern Asia
Bristled Grassbird - Chaetornis striata Vulnerable Asia
Papyrus Yellow Warbler - Chloropeta gracilirostris Vulnerable Africa
Yellow Flycatcher-warbler - Chloropeta natalensis Least Concern Africa
Mountain Flycatcher-warbler - Chloropeta similis Least Concern Australia
Brown Songlark - Cincloramphus cruralis Least Concern
Rufous Songlark - Cincloramphus mathewsi Least Concern Australia
Madagascar Yellowbrow - Crossleyia xanthophrys Near Threatened Africa
Cryptic Warbler - Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi Least Concern Africa
Brown Emu-tail - Dromaeocercus brunneus Least Concern Africa
Spinifexbird - Eremiornis carteri Least Concern Australia
Black-necked Eremomela - Eremomela atricollis Least Concern Africa Africa
Rufous-crowned Eremomela - Eremomela badiceps Least Concern Africa
Yellow-vented Eremomela - Eremomela flavicrissalis Least Concern Africa
Yellow-rumped Eremomela - Eremomela gregalis Least Concern Africa
Yellow-bellied Eremomela - Eremomela icteropygialis Least Concern Africa
Senegal Eremomela - Eremomela pusilla Least Concern Africa
Greencap Eremomela - Eremomela scotops Least Concern Africa
Turner's Eremomela - Eremomela turneri Endangered Africa
Burnt-neck Eremomela - Eremomela usticollis Least Concern Africa
Rufous-rumped Grassbird - Graminicola bengalensis Near Threatened Asia
Grauer's Warbler - Graueria vittata Least Concern Africa
Neumann's Warbler - Hemitesia neumanni Least Concern Africa
Booted Warbler - Hippolais caligata Least Concern Asia Europe
Icterine Warbler - Hippolais icterina Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Upcher's Warbler - Hippolais languida Least Concern Africa Asia
Olive-tree Warbler - Hippolais olivetorum Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Western Olivaceous Warbler - Hippolais opaca Least Concern Africa Europe
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - Hippolais pallida Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Melodious Warbler - Hippolais polyglotta Least Concern Africa Europe
Sykes's Warbler - Hippolais rama Least Concern Asia
Green Hylia - Hylia prasina Least Concern Africa
Southern Hyliota - Hyliota australis Least Concern Africa
Yellow-bellied Hyliota - Hyliota flavigaster Least Concern Africa
Usambara Hyliota - Hyliota usambara Endangered Africa
Violet-backed Hyliota - Hyliota violacea Least Concern Africa
Pallas's Grasshopper-warbler - Locustella certhiola Least Concern Africa Asia
Gray's Grasshopper-warbler - Locustella fasciolata Least Concern Asia Australia
Eurasian River Warbler - Locustella fluviatilis Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Lanceolated Warbler - Locustella lanceolata Least Concern Asia North America
Savi's Warbler - Locustella luscinioides Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Common Grasshopper-warbler -Locustella naevia Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Middendorff's Grasshopper-warbler-Locustella ochotensis Least Concern Asia North America
Pleske's Grasshopper-warbler - Locustella pleskei Vulnerable Asia
Marsh Grassbird - Locustella pryeri Near Threatened Asia
Grey Longbill - Macrosphenus concolor Least Concern Africa
Yellow Longbill - Macrosphenus flavicans Least Concern Africa
Kemp's Longbill - Macrosphenus kempi Least Concern Africa
Kretschmer's Longbill - Macrosphenus kretschmeri Least Concern Africa
Pulitzer's Longbill - Macrosphenus pulitzeri Endangered Africa
Bismarck Thicketbird - Megalurulus grosvenori Vulnerable Australia
Bougainville Thicketbird - Megalurulus llaneae Near Threatened Australia

  New Caledonian Grassbird - Megalurulus mariei Least Concern Australia
Rusty Thicketbird - Megalurulus rubiginosus Least Concern Australia
Guadalcanal Thicketbird - Megalurulus whitneyi Near Threatened Australia
Fly River Grassbird - Megalurus albolimbatus Vulnerable Australia
Little Grassbird - Megalurus gramineus Least Concern Asia Australia
Striated Grassbird - Megalurus palustris Least Concern Asia
Tawny Grassbird - Megalurus timoriensis Least Concern Asia Australia
Moustached Grass-warbler - Melocichla mentalis Least Concern Africa
Aldabra Warbler - Nesillas aldabrana extinct in the wild Africa
Grand Comoro Brush-warbler - Nesillas brevicaudata Least Concern Africa
Lantz's Brush-warbler - Nesillas lantzii Least Concern Africa
Anjouan Brush-warbler - Nesillas longicaudata Least Concern Africa
Moheli Warbler - Nesillas mariae Least Concern Africa
Madagascar Brush-warbler - Nesillas typica Least Concern Africa
Dark-necked Tailorbird - Orthotomus atrogularis Least Concern Asia
Philippine Tailorbird - Orthotomus castaneiceps Least Concern Asia
White-eared Tailorbird - Orthotomus cinereiceps Least Concern Asia
Mountain Tailorbird - Orthotomus cuculatus Least Concern Asia
Grey-backed Tailorbird - Orthotomus derbianus Least Concern Asia
Rufous-fronted Tailorbird - Orthotomus frontalis Least Concern Asia
Rufous-headed Tailorbird - Orthotomus heterolaemus Least Concern Asia
Black-headed Tailorbird - Orthotomus nigriceps Least Concern Asia
Ashy Tailorbird - Orthotomus ruficeps Least Concern Asia
Yellow-breasted Tailorbird - Orthotomus samarensis Near Threatened Asia
Olive-backed Tailorbird - Orthotomus sepium Least Concern Asia
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird - Orthotomus sericeus Least Concern Asia
Common Tailorbird - Orthotomus sutorius Least Concern Asia
White-throated Oxylabes - Oxylabes madagascariensis Least Concern Africa
Tickell's Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus affinis Least Concern Asia
Sombre Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus amoenus Vulnerable Australia
Yellow-streaked Warbler - Phylloscopus armandii Least Concern Asia
Bonelli's Warbler - Phylloscopus bonelli Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Arctic Warbler - Phylloscopus borealis Least Concern Asia Europe North America
Sakhalin Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus borealoides Least Concern Asia
Uganda Woodland-warbler - Phylloscopus budongoensis Least Concern Africa
Canary Islands Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus canariensis Least Concern Europe
Yellow-vented Warbler - Phylloscopus cantator Least Concern Asia
Lemon-throated Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus cebuensis Least Concern Asia
Pale-rumped Warbler - Phylloscopus chloronotus Least Concern Asia
Claudia's Warbler - Phylloscopus claudiae Least Concern Asia
Common Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Eastern Crowned Warbler - Phylloscopus coronatus Least Concern Asia
Davison's Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus davisoni Least Concern Asia
Emei Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus emeiensis Least Concern Asia
Sichuan Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus forresti Least Concern Asia
Smoky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuligiventer Least Concern Asia
Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuscatus Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America
Hartert's Warbler - Phylloscopus goodsoni Least Concern Asia
Sulphur-bellied Warbler - Phylloscopus griseolus Least Concern Asia
Hainan Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus hainanus Vulnerable Asia
Black-capped Woodland-warbler - Phylloscopus herberti Least Concern Africa
Hume's Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus humei Least Concern Asia
Iberian Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus ibericus Least Concern Africa Europe
Izu Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus ijimae Vulnerable Asia
Inornate Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus Least Concern Asia Europe
Gansu Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus kansuensis Least Concern Asia
Red-faced Woodland-warbler - Phylloscopus laetus Least Concern Africa
Laura's Woodland-warbler - Phylloscopus laurae Least Concern Africa
Ashy-throated Warbler - Phylloscopus maculipennis Least Concern Asia
Large-billed Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus magnirostris Least Concern Asia
Makira Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus makirensis Least Concern Australia
Plain Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus neglectus Least Concern Asia
Western Crowned Warbler - Phylloscopus occipitalis Least Concern Asia
Kloss's Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus ogilviegranti Least Concern Asia
Philippine Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus olivaceus Least Concern Asia
Island Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus poliocephalus Least Concern Asia Australia
Timor Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus presbytes Least Concern Asia
Lemon-rumped Warbler - Phylloscopus proregulus Least Concern
Buff-barred Warbler - Phylloscopus pulcher Least Concern Asia
Southern Blyth's Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus reguloides Least Concern Asia
Sulphur-breasted Warbler - Phylloscopus ricketti Least Concern Asia
Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler - Phylloscopus ruficapilla Least Concern Africa
Sulawesi Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus sarasinorum Least Concern Asia
Radde's Warbler - Phylloscopus schwarzi Least Concern Asia
Wood Warbler - Phylloscopus sibilatrix Least Concern Asia Europe North America
Mountain Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus sindianus Least Concern Asia
Buff-throated Warbler - Phylloscopus subaffinis Least Concern Asia
Brooks's Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus subviridis Least Concern Asia
Pale-legged Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus tenellipes Least Concern Asia
Mountain Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus trivirgatus Least Concern Asia
Greenish Warbler - Phylloscopus trochiloides Least Concern Asia Europe
Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus Least Concern Asia Europe
Tytler's Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus tytleri Near Threatened Asia
Brown Woodland-warbler - Phylloscopus umbrovirens Least Concern Asia
Grey-hooded Warbler - Phylloscopus xanthoschistos Least Concern Asia
Chinese Leaf-warbler - Phylloscopus yunnanensis Least Concern Asia
White-tailed Warbler - Poliolais lopezi Near Threatened Africa
Rand's Warbler - Randia pseudozosterops Least Concern Africa
Fan-tailed Grassbird - Schoenicola brevirostris Least Concern Africa
Broad-tailed Grassbird - Schoenicola platyurus Vulnerable Asia
White-spectacled Warbler - Seicercus affinis Least Concern Asia
Green-crowned Warbler - Seicercus burkii Least Concern Asia
Chestnut-crowned Warbler - Seicercus castaniceps Least Concern Asia
Sunda Warbler - Seicercus grammiceps Least Concern Asia
Yellow-breasted Warbler - Seicercus montis Least Concern Asia
Martens's Warbler - Seicercus omeiensis Least Concern Asia
Grey-cheeked Warbler - Seicercus poliogenys Least Concern Asia
Alstrom's Warbler - Seicercus soror Least Concern Asia
Grey-crowned Warbler - Seicercus tephrocephalus Least Concern Asia
Bianchi's Warbler - Seicercus valentini Least Concern Asia
Whistler's Warbler - Seicercus whistleri Least Concern Asia
Cape Grass-warbler - Sphenoeacus afer Least Concern Africa
Hume's Whitethroat - Sylvia althaea Least Concern Asia
Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Banded Warbler - Sylvia boehmi Least Concern Africa
Garden Warbler - Sylvia borin Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Yemen Warbler - Sylvia buryi Vulnerable Asia
Subalpine Warbler - Sylvia cantillans Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Common Whitethroat - Sylvia communis Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Spectacled Warbler - Sylvia conspicillata Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Lesser Whitethroat - Sylvia curruca Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Tristram's Warbler - Sylvia deserticola Least Concern Africa
Orphean Warbler - Sylvia hortensis Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Layard's Warbler - Sylvia layardi Least Concern Africa
Arabian Warbler - Sylvia leucomelaena Least Concern Africa Asia
Brown Warbler - Sylvia lugens Least Concern Africa
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Cyprus Warbler - Sylvia melanothorax Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Small Whitethroat - Sylvia minula Least Concern Asia
Menetries's Warbler - Sylvia mystacea Least Concern Africa Asia
Desert Warbler - Sylvia nana Least Concern Africa Asia
Barred Warbler - Sylvia nisoria Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Rueppell's Warbler - Sylvia rueppelli Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Marmora's Warbler - Sylvia sarda Least Concern Africa Europe
Rufous-vented Warbler - Sylvia subcaerulea Least Concern Africa
Dartford Warbler - Sylvia undata Near Threatened Africa Europe
Northern Crombec - Sylvietta brachyura Least Concern Africa
Lemon-bellied Crombec - Sylvietta denti Least Concern Africa
Somali Crombec - Sylvietta isabellina Least Concern Africa
White-browed Crombec - Sylvietta leucophrys Least Concern Africa
Short-billed Crombec - Sylvietta philippae Least Concern Africa
Cape Crombec - Sylvietta rufescens Least Concern Africa
Red-capped Crombec - Sylvietta ruficapilla Least Concern Africa
Green Crombec - Sylvietta virens Least Concern Africa
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Least Concern Africa
Chestnut-headed Tesia - Tesia castaneocoronata Least Concern Asia
Grey-bellied Tesia - Tesia cyaniventer Least Concern Asia
Russet-capped Tesia - Tesia everetti Least Concern Asia
Slaty-bellied Tesia - Tesia olivea Least Concern Asia
Javan Tesia - Tesia superciliaris Least Concern Asia
Thamnornis Warbler - Thamnornis chloropetoides Least Concern Africa
Broad-billed Warbler - Tickellia hodgsoni Least Concern Asia
Long-legged Thicketbird - Trichocichla rufa Endangered Australia
Asian Stubtail - Urosphena squameiceps Least Concern Asia
Timor Stubtail - Urosphena subulata Least Concern Asia
Bornean Stubtail - Urosphena whiteheadi Least Concern Asia