Garden Warbler ( Sylvia borin, family: Sylviidae)

garden warbler kruger national park birds The Garden Warbler (Latin name Sylvia borin) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 619 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 819 also a picture of the Garden Warbler on page 848. The Garden 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 Garden Warbler is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common summer visitor

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

The Garden Warbler.

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 Garden 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 Garden Warbler is about 14 cms and its weight is about 15 gms

You will find that the male Garden Warbler plumage and colours are different to that of the female Garden Warbler

  • Head is grey, brown.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is black.
  • Throat is grey.
  • Back is brown.
  • Legs are brown.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Garden Warbler feeds on the ground and in foliage mainly



Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Garden Warbler takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous).

The nesting habit of Garden Warbler is extra limital

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Garden Warbler are: woodlands . The Garden Warbler is also at home in wetland and bushveld areas.

You will normally see the Garden Warbler by itself rather than in the company of birds of the same species.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Tuinsanger

German ... Gartengrasmcke

Portuguese ... Felosa-das-figueiras

French ... Fauvette des jardins

Dutch ... Tuinfluiter

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

Robert's 7th edition number ... 619

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 ,