Arctic Warbler

Phylloscopus borealis (JH Blasius, 1858) AP ARCWA 12950
Family: Passeriformes > Phylloscopidae

Arctic Warbler, Zoe Shreve

This small warbler has a breeding range that extends from Norway east to the Bering Strait and across into western Alaska. All of these populations winter in south-east Asia.

The majority of our records come from Scotland, and arrivals have an autumn rather than spring focus.

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1.1k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.1k records



Arctic Warbler identification is often difficult.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Arctic Warbler winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Arctic Warbler is a rare autumn vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Arctic Warbler from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Arctic Warbler, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Telor yr Arctig
Catalan: mosquiter boreal
Czech: budnícek severní
Danish: Nordsanger
Dutch: Noordse Boszanger
Estonian: põhja-lehelind
Finnish: lapinuunilintu
French: Pouillot boréal
German: Wanderlaubsänger
Hungarian: északi füzike
Icelandic: Norðsöngvari
Irish: Ceolaire Artach
Italian: Luì boreale
Latvian: ziemelu kaukitis
Lithuanian: arktine pecialinda
Norwegian: Lappsanger
Polish: swistunka pólnocna
Portuguese: felosa-boreal
Slovak: kolibiarik severský
Slovenian: severna listnica
Spanish: Mosquitero boreal
Swedish: nordsångare

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