Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler front view

Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin
Greyish legs
Thin pale eye ring
Mostly pale buff brown
Similar Species
Willow Warbler
Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Play call/song
More yellow and olive
Sings from low perch
Hovers to catch insects
Yellowish legs
Does not bob tail down
Bonelli's Warbler (Rare)
Whiter underside
Plainer head
Grey brown legs
Faint pale line over eye
Likes upland conifers
Yellow rump in flight
Icterine Warbler (Rare)
Broad orange-pink bill
Pale lemon underside
Grey legs
Faint pale line over eye
Large head
Long square tail
Melodious Warbler (Rare)
Dark wings
Large dark eye/pale face
Grey brown legs
Similar to Icterine
Long round wings in flight
Upper parts green
Larger than Willow Warbler
Short bill
Pale buff underside
Round head
More brown, less yellow
Sings from high perch
Clearer eye ring
Blackish legs
Distinctive call
Downward bob of tail
Overall impression of Garden Warbler is a small thick set brown bird, movements are much heavier and slower than other warblers.
Large dark eye
Garden Warbler Flying
In flight, long wings, short square tail with no white outer feathers and plump rounded appearance
Wood Warbler
Distinctive green back
Yellow breast
Yellow eye stripe
Brownish wings
Long, often drooped wing tips
Distinctive song and singing posture
Garden warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff (Rare)
No yellow except underwing
Light buff eye stripe
Buff breast and sides
Warm buff behind eye
Winter visitor to UK
Wood Warbler
Icterine warbler
Melodious Warbler
Bonelli's warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff
Willow warbler
Warbler Menu
Adult Male and Female
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Sylviidae

Genus: Sylvia

Species: S. borin
Common summer visitor, breeding throughout Europe, except in the far North of Scotland.

Preferred habitat is open woodland, thickets and parks.
The Garden Warbler is well known for it's beautiful song and shy disposition. A largely dull yet attractive bird, best identified by it's song. The Garden Warbler is often found in areas where Blackcaps frequent, however the Garden warbler unlike the Blackcap tends to feed low down in the vegetation.