Booted Warbler
Booted Warbler
Booted Warbler

Observations, notes, photos

Booted Warbler, 4th for Kuwait at Tahla in SAANR, found and photographed by Rashed Al Hajji and Mike Pope on 15 August 2013

Scientific Name 
Iduna caligata
Arabic Name 
الدخلة المستحذية
12.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Extremely rare vagrant. One record in early September 2006 at Sabah Al-Ahmad Natural Reserve is the first confirmation of this bird in Kuwait. This bird has similarities to Olivaceous and Sykes’s warbler.
Where in Kuwait 
It occupies relatively open areas of shrub in the desert environment and there are only 3 records from Kuwait with the last been seen at SAANR in August 2012.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be increasing owing to a westerly range expansion. Its range stretches from west and south-west Russia, eastwards to central and northern Kazakhstan, north-western Mongolia, north-west China and south-central Siberia. It migrates to India for the winter. It is often found moving in a restless manner through the undergrowth, or perched on branches.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation