Olive-tree Warbler

Hippolais olivetorum (Strickland, 1837) OLTWA 12580
Family: Passeriformes > Acrocephalidae

Olive-tree Warbler, Yoav Perlman

Olive-tree Warbler is a large, elongated warbler with a long bill, and is an extremely rare visitor to Britain.

This species was added to the British List on the basis of an individual seen and photographed on Shetland in 2006, where it had initially been thought to be either and Icterine Warbler or Eastern Olivaceous Warbler.

The relatively restricted breeding range extends from Croatia south to Greece, and east to the Black Sea and central Turkey. The breeding range appears to be restricted to sites that are fairly close to the sea.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1 record observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1 record


1 record observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1 record



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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 vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


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 Olive-tree 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.


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

Catalan: busqueta de les oliveres
Czech: sedmihlásek olivový
Danish: Olivensanger
Dutch: Griekse Spotvogel
Estonian: õlipuu-käosulane
Finnish: oliivikultarinta
French: Hypolaïs des oliviers
German: Olivenspötter
Hungarian: olívgeze
Icelandic: Ólífusöngvari
Italian: Canapino levantino
Latvian: olivu kaukis
Lithuanian: alyvine tošinuke
Norwegian: Olivensanger
Polish: zaganiacz oliwny
Portuguese: felosa-das-oliveiras
Slovak: sedmohlások olivový
Slovenian: oljcni vrtnik
Spanish: Zarcero grande
Swedish: olivsångare

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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