Cetti's Warbler points of identification
Greyish face
Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
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.
Pink legs

Cetti's Warbler

Cetti's cetti
Short, sharp bill
Similar Species
Narrow pale stripe over eye
Play call/song
Dark reddish brown upperparts
Cetti's Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Side view showing Cetti's rather stocky looking proportions. Note the wings down posture, pink legs and dark flanks.
Marsh Warbler
Marsh Warbler (Rare)
Not usually in reed beds
More grey brown body
Pale yellowish legs
Different song but can mimic.
Savi's Warbler (Rare)
Flatter head
Shorter wings
Faint eye stripe
Dark undertail
Curved outer edge to closed wings
Savi's Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler (Rare)
Broad orange-pink bill
Pale lemon underside
Grey legs
Faint pale line over eye
Large head
Long square tail
Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler
Usually in reed beds
More brown body
Darkish legs
Distictive song
Warbler Menu
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.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Cettiidae

Genus: Cettia

Species: C. cetti