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Conservation status: Amber

This small, dark, long-tailed warbler is resident in the UK and has suffered in the past from severe winters. Its population crashed to a few pairs in the 1960s, since when it has gradually recovered, increasing in both numbers and range. It is still regarded as an Amber List species. It will perch on top of a gorse stem to sing, but is often seen as a small flying shape bobbing between bushes.

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Overview

Latin name

Sylvia undata

Family

Warblers and allies (Sylviidae)

Where to see them

Lowland heathland with gorse and heather. Look for them at RSPB reserves at Arne, Dorset; Aylesbeare, Devon; and North Warren Suffolk. Also try Dunwich Heath, Suffolk, the Surrey and Dorset heathlands, and the New Forest.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-3,200 pairs--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
Southern and Eastern England.

Audio

Manuel Grosselet, Xeno-canto

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