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Sylvia borin (Garden warbler) 

Tuinsanger [Afrikaans]; Niini (generic term for warblers and eremomelas) [Kwangali]; Soamahlaka-sa-jarete [South Sotho]; Timba (generic name for cisticolas and warblers) [Shona]; Tuinfluiter [Dutch]; Fauvette des jardins [French]; Gartengrasmücke [German]; Felosa-das-figueiras [Portuguese]

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Sylvia borin (Garden warbler)   

Garden warbler, Kuwait. [photo rashed11112 ©]


Distribution and habitat

Its breeding grounds stretch from Europe to Russia; in the non-breeding season it head south to much of sub-Saharan Africa, only excluding parts of Ethiopia and Somalia. In southern Africa it is locally common in habitats with dense vegetation, such as forest edges, thickets in woodland, moist coastal bush and well-wooded gardens and parks.

Distribution of Garden warbler in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2.  

Movements and migrations

It arrives in southern Africa from September-November, staying until about March-April.


It eats a variety of invertebrates and fruit, doing most of its foraging in the undergrowth, gleaning prey from leaves and twigs and occasionally hawking an insect. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:


Not threatened.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.