Melodious Warbler identification points
Play call/song
Melodious Warbler
Icterine warbler

Melodious Warbler

Hippolais polyglotta
Icterine Warbler
Dull brown legs
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.

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
Large dark eye with pale patch in front
Dark wings
Melodious Warbler
This photo illustrates the striking nature of the light patch in front of the birds eye.
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
Melodious or Icterine?
Broad orange-pink bill
Pale lemon underside
Grey legs
Faint pale line over eye
Large head
Long square tail
Icterine Warbler (Rare)
Upper parts yellowish brown
Yellow throat and breast
Note the distinctive dark wings without the pale panel of the Icterine
Heavy bill
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
Bonelli's warbler
Garden Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff
Willow warbler
Warbler Menu
Adult Male and Female
Rare spring and autumn migrant on the South coast of the UK, widespread in Southern Europe. About 30 sightings per year in the UK.
Frequenting scrub, hedges and orchards.
The birds song is not as it's name suggests and is best described as a fast undulating warble the Melodious is also prone to mimicking.

The Melodious warbler belongs to the Hippolais genus of tree warblers, which comprises of only 4 birds including the Icterine warbler with which it is frequently confused.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Acrocephalidae

Genus: Hippolais

Species: H. polyglotta