Icterine Warbler points of identification
Play call/song
Icterine Warbler adult breeding

Icterine Warbler

Hippolais icterina
Pale lemon underside
Pale wing panel
Broad orange-pink bill
Similar Species
Willow Warbler
Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
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
Garden Warbler
Mostly pale buff brown
Short thick bill
Large dark eye
Slower heavy mover
No eye stripe
Eats berries
Melodious Warbler (Rare)
Dark wings
Large dark eye/pale face
Grey brown legs
Similar to Icterine
Long round wings in flight
Upper parts green
Faint pale line over eye, not always visible
Blue grey legs
Long square tail
Note the large orange bill and pale lemon underside.
More brown, less yellow
Sings from high perch
Clearer eye ring
Blackish legs
Distinctive call
Downward bob of tail
Wood Warbler
Distinctive green back
Yellow breast
Yellow eye stripe
Brownish wings
Long, often drooped wing tips
Distinctive song and singing posture
Icterine Warbler autumn juv
Autumn Juvenile
Icterine warbler singing
Grey-green upperparts
Peaked crown
Melodious Warbler
Icterine warbler
Icterine Warbler
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.
Melodious Warbler
Icterine or Melodious?
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
Melodious Warbler
Bonelli's warbler
Garden Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff
Willow warbler
Warbler Menu
Adult Male and Female
Rare summer visitor to the UK, usually in the South East of England. Widespread in Northern Europe.
Deciduous or coniferous woodland. Keeps to high treetops.
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.

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Acrocephalidae

Genus: Hippolais

Species: H. icterina