Birds of Switzerland
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    Garden Warbler

    Sylvia borin

    Information

    In Switzerland, the plain brown Garden Warbler inhabits all altitudinal belts from the lowlands up to the treeline. It draws most attention with its song. The males often perform their continuous, chattering and varied song for several minutes. Despite its name, this species is hardly ever seen in gardens because of the lack of unkempt shrub. Garden Warblers are mainly insectivorous. In autumn, however, a great number of berries are eaten such as elderberries, raspberries and blackberries to build up fat reserves for their long journey to African wintering places.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    regular, common breeder and migrant
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    60'000 - 100'000 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    long-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Nocturnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    13-14
    wing span (cm)
    20-24
    Weight (g)
    16-23
    Nest site
    trees, bushes
    Food
    insects
    Group
    Warblers and allies
    Habitat
    settlements, forest, hedges, wetlands
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution