Olive-tree Warbler ( Hippolais olivetorum, family: Sylviidae)

The Olive-tree Warbler (Latin name Hippolais olivetorum) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 626 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 803 also a picture of the Olive-tree Warbler on page 849. The Olive-tree Warbler belongs to the family of birds classified as Sylviidae.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Olive-tree Warbler is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a rare summer resident

In terms of distribution of the Olive-tree Warbler in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Olive-tree Warbler : see above distribution map.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Olive-tree Warbler is a small bird about the size of a house sparrow. Do not take this relative indicator as anything other than a rough easy to remember indicator. It is not a accurate visualization. The height of the Olive-tree Warbler is about 15 cms and its weight is about 18 gms

The male and female Olive-tree Warbler have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is olive, grey.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is grey.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is olive.
  • Legs are blue.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Olive-tree Warbler feeds on the ground mainly


Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Olive-tree Warbler takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous).

The nesting habit of Olive-tree Warbler is extra limital

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Olyfboomsanger

German ... Olivensptter

Portuguese ... Felosa-das-oliveiras

French ... Hypolas des oliviers

Dutch ... Griekse Spotvogel

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 626

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website , www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za