Sykes's warbler (Iduna rama) is an Old World warbler in the tree warbler family. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the booted warbler, but is now considered a full species. Its breeding range is from northeast Arabia to Afghanistan. Like the booted warbler, many populations of the species migrate in winter to the Indian subcontinent as far south as Sri Lanka.



There are differences in the nesting and egg morphology between rama and caligata. It has been suggested that the rama group can be separated from Hippolais and the older genus name of Iduna was proposed and molecular data supporting the Iduna clade was found in 2009.

It is a small passerine found in open country with bushes and other tall vegetation. 3-4 eggs are laid in a nest in a bush or vegetation. Like most warblers they are insectivorous.

It is a small warbler, especially compared to others in their genus. They are pale brown (weak tea colour) above and whitish below with buff flanks. The outer tail feathers have pale edges. They have a short pale supercilium, and the bill is strong and pointed. Sykes's is larger and greyer than booted, and most resembles an eastern olivaceous warbler.

The English name commemorates the Colonel William Henry Skyes who served in the British military in India. Keyserling and Blasius gave no explanation of the genus name Iduna. The specific rama is from Hindu mythology; Rama was an incarnation of Vishnu.
Sykes's Warbler
Date Location Count
2021-02-20 08:13Vadla Lake2
2021-02-28 07:40Baghi swamps1
2021-01-31 16:18Nyari-1 Dam2
2021-02-16 10:31Nikol Bandhara3
2021-02-15 09:47Nalsarovar Outskirts--Aniyali2
2021-02-20 10:56Avaniya Lake1
2021-02-21 08:00Thol Bird Sanctuary
2021-01-31 08:27Rancharda Lake1
2021-02-28 10:00Gatehara Lake1
2021-02-21 08:46Indroda Nature Park1
2021-02-01 12:29Aranya Udhyan1
2021-02-24 08:15Bhulka Vihar School1
2021-02-12 08:53Jyoti Wetlands, Vasai1
2021-02-13 07:26Viva wetlands, Virar
2021-02-27 07:34Merces, Near Suruchi beach2
2021-02-14 10:50Bena, Near Suruchi Beach2
2021-02-20 07:15Umela swamps, Vasai1
2021-02-04 09:03Tungareshwar1
2021-02-14 10:01Timbi Lake1
2021-02-27 07:30Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay1
2021-02-27 07:00Bhandup Pumping Station1
2021-02-21 14:53TS Chanakya College, Navi Mumbai1
2021-02-07 07:30Seawoods--Navi Mumbai1
2021-02-14 09:30Green Valley Park1
2021-02-13 07:00Khargar Hills1
2021-02-28 07:40Satpool Wetlands1
2021-02-19 16:23Kharghar wetlands, Kharghar1
2021-02-18 13:30Umbarli gaon1
2021-02-01 06:00Guhagar1
2021-02-10 08:00Tamhini forest, Pune1
2021-02-28 07:16Sahyadri School (KFI), Pune2
2021-02-21 08:37Pashan Lake, Pune4
2021-02-12 09:35Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune1
2021-02-23 07:30Rankala Lake, Kolhapur1
2021-02-15 08:27Kiraksal Biodiversity Region--Jambhalhel1
2021-02-12 09:00Balya Maruti Temple lake2
2021-02-14 07:12Kumbhar mala birding area1
2021-02-12 16:55Kelgeri Kere ಕೆಲಗೇರಿ ಕೆರೆ1
2021-02-03 08:48Tapti River--behind BTPS6
2021-02-07 07:06Dasharath Nagar -- Arbi Falls side1
2021-01-31 10:41Farkande2
2021-02-28 07:33Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore1
2021-02-13 08:00Dargah e Hakimi2
2021-02-11 06:49Ankasamudra Bird Sanctuary ಅಂಕಸಮುದ್ರ ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ1
2021-02-14 14:00Halali Dam2
2021-02-07 12:45Tungabhadra High Level Canal--Tejaswiloka ತುಂಗಭದ್ರಾ ಮೇಲ್ಮಟ್ಟದ ಕಾಲುವೆ--ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಲೋಕ1
2021-02-05 15:13Ravandur Kere ರಾವಂದೂರು ಕೆರೆ1
2021-02-05 07:32Hairige ಹೈರಿಗೆ1
2021-02-27 13:58Tawa Bridge (NH 22)2
2021-02-14 16:30Husainpura Bridge ಹುಸೇನಪುರ ಸೇತುವೆ1
2021-02-18 06:45Karigala-Scrub patch2
2021-02-20 07:15Karanja Reservoir ಕಾರಂಜಾ ಜಲಾಶಯ1
2021-02-12 07:20Avverahalli1
2021-02-14 07:22K Hemmanahalli ಕೆ ಹೆಮ್ಮನಹಳ್ಳಿ2
2021-02-14 07:30Mugana Hundi ಮೂಗನ ಹುಂಡಿ3
2021-02-23 06:52Chondi Grassland ಚೊಂಡಿ ಹುಲ್ಲುಗಾವಲು ಪ್ರದೇಶ1
2021-02-15 06:30Mysore City Bird Atlas 29A South of Water Tank RT Nagar2
2021-02-19 07:25Mysore City Bird Atlas 11D, Hinkal kere, Vijayanagar 3rd Stage1
2021-02-27 17:16Mysore City Bird Atlas 2C, Hebbal kere,1
2021-02-19 08:51Mysore City Bird Atlas 17B, Bogadi Kere. ಬೋಗಾದಿ ಕೆರೆ1
2021-02-15 07:24Mysore City Bird Atlas 29C, Behind Yedahalli Village4
2021-02-14 07:22Doora Hosakere ದೂರ ಹೊಸಕೆರೆ5
2021-02-13 08:55Halalu ಹಲಾಳು1
2021-02-12 07:50Mysore City Bird Atlas 30A, Lingambudhi kere ಲಿಂಗಾಂಬುಧಿ2
2021-02-21 08:16Mogarahalli, Mysore1
2021-02-14 17:10Lingambudhi Kere--Main Entrance. ಲಿಂಗಾಂಬುಧಿ ಮುಖ್ಯ ದ್ವಾರ2
2021-02-12 07:06Mysore City Bird Atlas 19A, Kukkarahalli kere ಕುಕ್ಕರಹಳ್ಳಿ ಕೆರೆ2
2021-02-27 17:26Rayana Kere ರಾಯನ ಕೆರೆ1
2021-02-12 06:30Indraprastha ಇಂದ್ರಪ್ರಸ್ಥ1
2021-02-28 07:05Dadadahalli fields ದಡದಹಳ್ಳಿ ಮೈದಾನ1
2021-02-28 06:27Dadadahalli Kere (ದಡದಹಳ್ಳಿ ಕೆರೆ)1
2021-02-13 14:35Savanga Lake, Amravati1
2021-02-12 07:40Mysore City Bird Atlas 10A, Opp Narayana Hrudayalaya1
2021-02-05 16:45Chamundi Hill Nandi Temple1
2021-02-14 06:59Karanji Kere ಕಾರಂಜಿ ಕೆರೆ3
2021-02-06 06:30Chamundi Vana ಚಾಮುಂಡಿ ವನ2
2021-02-14 17:04Kalale, Nanjangud (ಕಳಲೆ)1
2021-02-15 07:00Thippayyana kere ತಿಪ್ಪಯ್ಯನ ಕೆರೆ1
2021-02-26 08:10Muddahalli, Nanjangud Taluka ಮುದ್ದಹಳ್ಳಿ1
2021-02-13 17:11Muddahalli--Mooganakere ಮುದ್ದಹಳ್ಳಿ--ಮೂಗನಕೆರೆ2
2021-02-21 15:42Sindhuvalli, Nanjanagudu (ಸಿಂಧುವಳ್ಳಿ)2
2021-02-13 10:33Narasambudhi, Nanjangud (ನರಸಾಂಬುಧಿ)1
2021-02-19 06:50Hulimavu Gudda ಹುಳಿಮಾವು ಗುಡ್ಡ3
2021-02-19 09:53Hadinaru Kere ಹದಿನಾರು ಕೆರೆ2
2021-02-14 16:51Mattumala Hillock1
2021-02-03 12:13Yeriyuru Kere2
2021-02-27 06:50Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve3
2021-02-10 10:02Kolarampathy Lake1
2021-02-28 07:40Damagundam Reserve Forest, Vikarabad1
2021-02-10 07:31Mukanapalya lake3
2021-02-09 15:19Idigarai Outskirts1
2021-02-06 07:20Sengulam Lake, Coimbatore2
2021-01-31 09:43Compost Yard, Vellalore1
2021-02-26 07:00Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-02-27 11:35Pudubeerkadavu Farmlands1
2021-02-08 07:31Madhure Kere2
2021-02-21 07:00Hesaraghatta Kere1
2021-02-20 08:20Hesaraghatta--Hesaraghatta Scrub Forest3
2021-02-14 06:44Aivarakhandapura / Shivakote Kere2
2021-02-12 07:26Ullal Kere2
2021-02-18 07:48Mallathahalli Kere3
2021-02-20 06:49Bangalore University Campus2
2021-02-16 17:04GKVK Campus, Bangalore1
2021-02-25 10:51GKVK Campus--Botanical Garden, Bangalore (only inside garden)1
2021-02-17 08:17Allalasandra/Judicial Layout1
2021-02-17 07:29Allalasandra Kere1
2021-02-14 16:20Yelahanka Kere1
2021-02-24 08:00Anjanapura Central Park1
2021-02-09 14:45Lalbagh Botanical Gardens2
2021-02-27 07:15Jakkur Kere3
2021-02-06 07:33Kogilu Kere1
2021-02-13 16:39Kannuru Kere2
2021-02-23 07:00Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad1
2021-02-23 08:04Periya Kulam, Udumalpet2
2021-02-18 16:46Dodda Begur Kere2
2021-02-07 06:51Hulimangala, Bangalore1
2021-02-14Concorde Silicon Valley1
2021-02-20 06:48Sonnapura3
2021-02-27 06:31Kasavanahalli Kere1
2021-02-27 08:45Kaikondrahalli Kere / Kaikondanahalli Kere2
2021-02-24 11:15Doddanekundi Kere5
2021-02-28 06:42Bettakote Lake1
2021-03-01 07:20Saul Kere / Sowl Kere3
2021-02-11 16:21Hennagara Lake2
2021-02-17 06:47Muthyalamaduvu1
2021-02-13 08:10Yellamallappa Chetty (Yele Mallappa Shetty) Kere1
2021-02-23 07:45Anekal Dodda Kere1
2021-02-28 07:32Muthanallur Kere1
2021-02-21 07:00Hoskote / Hosakote Kere1
2021-02-28 11:41Sanjeevaiah Park, Hyderabad1
2021-02-14 07:17Ambazari Lake--Backwaters, Nagpur1
2021-02-11 08:14Gorewada Lake, Nagpur2
2021-02-14 10:18Kannapatti Tank1
2021-02-18 17:15Rishi Valley--School Campus1
2021-02-05 06:07Octopus Viewpoint1
2021-02-21 14:30Padariya2
2021-02-22 09:56Cumbum Tank2
2021-02-13 13:00Chattarpur, Jabalpur1
2021-02-21 07:35Kiliyur Tank2
2021-02-20 08:07Kanha NP--Kisli Zone2
2021-02-13 13:57Andiyarpalayam Lake (ஆண்டியார்பாளையம் ஏரி)1
2021-02-13 09:19Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary20
2021-02-19 06:30Pallikaranai Marsh--Karapakkam1
2021-02-28 07:30Santra Tank, Matang, Chhattisgarh, IN (21.052, 81.462)1
2021-02-15 07:30Gudhiyari Wetlands, Raipur1
2021-02-12 07:18CSPDCL Rest House Campus, Gudhiyari, Chhattisgarh, IN (21.259, 81.623)1
2021-02-13 07:37WRS Colony, Raipur1
2021-02-12 07:28Mandhar Primary School Campus1
2021-02-28 07:04Rajiv Smriti Van And Urja Park1
2021-02-28 07:42Urjaa Park1
2021-02-11 10:45Barbanda Pond and Surroundings3
2021-02-24 07:00Baruipur Marshes1
2021-02-13 06:42Munia Zone (Rajarhat)1