Melodious Warbler lacks the pale wing panel of the Icterine. Light patch in front of eye is more defined and the wings are shorter. The legs are dark brown as opposed to the almost blue-grey legs of the Icterine.
Distribution: Rare summer visitor to the UK, usually in the South East of England. Widespread in Northern Europe.
Habitat: Deciduous or coniferous woodland. Keeps to high treetops.
Notes: The Icterine warbler is a large square tailed, broad billed bird, belonging to the Hippolais genus of tree warblers, which comprises of only 4 birds including the Melodious warbler with which it is frequently confused.