Mobile bird identification
Broad long red-brown rounded tail
Pale grey underside
Cetti's Warbler in a typical Wren like posture, note the prominent eye strip, red-brown upper-parts, along with a much darker tail.
Cetti's Warblers most often present as a fleeting glimpse of a very dark brown little bird with a cocked tail low down in the vegetation.
Cetti's Warbler Cetti's cetti
Short, sharp bill
Narrow pale stripe over eye
Dark reddish brown upperparts
Side view showing Cetti's rather stocky looking proportions. Note the wings down posture, pink legs and dark flanks.
Not usually in reed beds
Different song but can mimic.
Curved outer edge to closed wings
Faint pale line over eye
Adult Male and Female
A rare resident breeder in localised parts of Southern England, more common as a resident in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Reed beds, marsh and dense vegetation near water. Feeds extensively at ground level.
The Cetti's can be an extraordinary difficult bird to see. The birds song is very distinctive and loud but it tends to sing then move immediately in thick vegetation, only very rarely does it appear in the open, affording a good view. Most often the watcher gets a brief view of a dark little brown bird with a cocked tail moving in the shadows of foliage.
The male and female birds are virtually identical.
Species: C. cetti