Ménétriés’s Warbler (Male)
Ménétriés’s Warbler (Male)
Ménétriés’s Warbler (Male)
Scientific Name 
Sylvia mystacea
Arabic Name 
الدخلة الآسيوية
Kuwaiti name 
12.5 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant and winter visitor. Although this bird superficially recalls the Mediterranean’s Sardinian Warbler, it is a range restricted Middle Eastern species. It has the habit of waving its tail in a peculiar way.
Where in Kuwait 
It has a fairly long black tail which appears to be constantly moving as it forages in arid or semi-arid conditions where it favours treeless scrub from Al Abraq in the west to Khiran in the south
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and the breeding range stretches from south-central Asia through to western Asia. During winter, the populations travel south and south-west of their breeding range and is found in southern Iran, Arabia and Northeast Africa from Sudan to Somalia
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation