Booted Warbler

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Scientific Name: Iduna caligata

Malay Name: Cekup-Pokok Kecil Utara

Chinese Name: 靴篱莺

Range: Found from western and central Russia to Kazakhstan, Iran, Afghanistan and western China with some populations wintering to the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 11–12·5 cm

Identification: Resembles Black-browed Reed Warbler but is significantly smaller, lacks the black lateral crown-stripes, has a short faint supercilium, paler brown upperparts and pinkish legs.

Similar looking species: Oriental Reed Warbler, Black-browed Reed Warbler

Habitat: Open country among bushes and tall vegetation.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages among trees and other tall vegetation instead of reed-beds and grassland.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

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Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Booted Warbler Iduna caligata
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Jan 01-Jan 07, Jan 08-Jan 14, Jan 15-Jan 21 (12 more)
Early date 10 Dec 2017
Late date 23 Mar 2018
This species has a wide breeding range in the Palearctic, wintering mostly in India. Vagrants have been recorded as far east as Japan, and as far west as Spain.


BirdLife International. (2017). Iduna caligata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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