Melodious Warbler

Hippolais polyglotta (Vieillot, 1817) ME MELWA 12600
Family: Passeriformes > Acrocephalidae

Melodious Warbler, Scott Mayson

Recalling a heavy-set juvenile Willow Warbler, Melodious Warbler is a scarce migrant in spring and autumn from breeding grounds located in south-western Europe.

A few dozen individuals are reported from Britain & Ireland in most years, with the south-west taking the lion's share of these.

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3.1k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
3.1k records



Melodious 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.

Melodious Warbler breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Melodious Warbler is a rare passage migrant, typically appearing in late spring and in early autumn.

Weekly occurence of Melodious 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 Melodious 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 Pêr
Catalan: busqueta comuna
Czech: sedmihlásek švitorivý
Danish: Spottesanger
Dutch: Orpheusspotvogel
Estonian: lääne-käosulane
Finnish: taiturikultarinta
French: Hypolaïs polyglotte
German: Orpheusspötter
Hungarian: déli geze
Icelandic: Skopsöngvari
Irish: Ceolaire Binn
Italian: Canapino comune
Latvian: daudzbalsu kaukis
Lithuanian: tošinuke giesmininke
Norwegian: Spottesanger
Polish: zaganiacz szczebiotliwy
Portuguese: felosa-poliglota
Slovak: sedmohlások štebotavý
Slovenian: kratkoperuti vrtnik
Spanish: Zarcero políglota
Swedish: polyglottsångare

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