Spectacled Warbler

Curruca conspicillata (Temminck, 1820) VY SPEWA 12640
Family: Passeriformes > Sylviidae

Spectacled Warbler, Philipp Boersch-Supan

A cousin of the Whitethroat, this dainty warbler breeds around the Mediterranean and on some Atlantic islands. Spectacled Warbler is an extremely rare visitor to Britain, with just a handful of records.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
229 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
229 records



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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.

Spectacled Warbler breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Spectacled Warbler is a very rare vagrant with recent records being in late spring.

Weekly occurence of Spectacled 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 Spectacled 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

Catalan: tallarol trencamates
Czech: penice brýlatá
Danish: Brillesanger
Dutch: Brilgrasmus
Estonian: kõnnu-põõsalind
Finnish: pikkupensaskerttu
French: Fauvette à lunettes
German: Brillengrasmücke
Hungarian: törpeposzáta
Icelandic: Glámsöngvari
Italian: Sterpazzola della Sardegna
Latvian: brillu kaukis
Lithuanian: akiniuotoji devynbalse
Norwegian: Maskesanger
Polish: pokrzewka okularowa
Portuguese: toutinegra-tomilheira
Slovak: penica okuliarnatá
Slovenian: osocnikova penica
Spanish: Curruca tomillera
Swedish: glasögonsångare

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