Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Scientific Name 
Phylloscopus trochilus
Arabic Name 
دخلة الصفصاف
Kuwaiti name 
11.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Abundant passage migrant; rare winter and summer visitor. This long-distance migrant passes through the country in very large numbers, where it can be seen on bushes and trees anywhere.
Where in Kuwait 
On passage it inhabits a wide variety of habitats in numbers where there is thick cover, so from urban gardens, to parks, farmlands and agricultural areas all over Kuwait. It is a small and energetic bird that is seen working quickly through trees, shrubs and bushes as it fattens up on small insects for the continuation of its long journey.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a marginally declining population and breeds in temperate Europe and Asia, and migrates during the non-breeding season to winter in sub-Saharan Africa. It undergoes two complete moults each year, meaning that it has an entirely new set of feathers for each long-distance migration to and from the breeding grounds. It may migrate up to 12,000 kilometres to reach its wintering range. Migration occurs mainly during the night, and this species usually covers around 100 kilometres a day, with some individuals known to average an astounding 218 kilometres per day.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation