A resident bird of Cyprus and the Akamas, with an additional population also wintering on the island. Very common and widespread, in a wide variety of habitats, as long as there are shrubs and trees around.
It is relatively difficult to observe like most species of the Sylvidae family, although this particular one can be quite brave and appear more often in open places, or singing at the top of a bush or tree. It often nests very close to human settlements and other human properties, making its nest well hidden in some bush.
This species used to appear mainly as a winter visitor in Cyprus, until the end of the 90s. From then on, it gradually began to colonize the island and reproduce. At first, very limited and mainly in more coastal places and then it expanded more and more until it came to exist on almost the entire island today.
It is very similar to the endemic species Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax), to which it is closely related. But Sardinian Warbler appears to be able to exist in a much wider variety of habitats, including many that have been natural areas that have undergone land use change or degradation by human intervention.
The male has a grey body, distinctive black head and pure white throat, lighter belly, red eye and bright red eye ring. The female has a brown body, lighter underparts, grey head and white throat. The eye is also red with a less intense red eye ring. The upper side of the tail is darker than the body in both sexes.