Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis   [JH Blasius, 1858]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Sylviidae
BTO Codes: AP, ARCWA EURING No: 12950
Number in Britain: 5 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: borealis recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
Length: 11 cm Wingspan: 19 cm Weight: M/F: 10 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: phullion=a leaf + skopos=a watcher and L.: boreas=the north
World Distribution: BREEDS: Ne Europe, n Asia, w Alaska, WINTERS: se Asia
Habitat: Open forest, scrub
Diet: Mostly small arthropods, picked off vegetation or in flight
TitBit: The Arctic Warbler is one of the few species that breeds in North America but winters in Asia (not South America), birds that reach Britain will have bred in eastern Russia.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Sule Skerry, 1902 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 264 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: August to October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Fife (1996), Highland (1985), Lothian (1995), Northeast (1979), Outer Hebrides (2002), Orkney (2005), Shetland (2007),
   North-east England: Cleveland (1996), Durham (1991), Northumberland (2002), East Yorkshire (2004), North Yorkshire (1997),
   North-west England: Cheshire (1971),
   English Midlands: Staffordshire (1993),
   Eastern England: Essex (2004), Lincolnshire (1995), Norfolk (1999), Suffolk (2000),
   South-east England: Kent (1996),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2002), Devon (1993), Dorset (2005), Isles of Scilly (2006),
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1968),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Telor yr Arctig
Danish: Nordsanger Dutch: Noordse boszanger
Finnish: Lapinuunilintu French: Pouillot boréal
German: Wanderlaubsänger Hungarian: Északi füzike
Icelandic: Norðsöngvari Irish: Ceolaire Artach
Italian: Luí boreale Norwegian: Lappsanger
Polish: Swistunka pólnocna Portuguese: Felosa-boreal
Spanish: Mosquitero boreal Swedish: Nord

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