Identification points of Siberian Chiffchaff
Light buff eye stripe and warm buff behind eye
Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Play call/song
Buff breast and sides
Grey-brown or pale brown upperparts
No olive in crown
No yellow except on underwing
Note the lack of yellow or olive, grey-brown upper-parts, buff breast and light buff eye strip. In particular note the warm buff below and behind eye.

Siberian Chiffchaff


Phylloscopus collybita tristis
Siberian Chiffchaff
Common Chiffchaff
Common Chiffchaff for comparison, note the distribution of yellow which is absent in the Siberian Chiffchaff.
Similar Species
Willow Warbler
More yellow and olive
Sings from low perch
Hovers to catch insects
Yellowish legs
Does not bob tail down
Wood Warbler
Distinctive green back
Yellow breast
Yellow eye stripe
Brownish wings
Long, often drooped wing tips
Distinctive song and singing posture
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
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
More brown, less yellow
Sings from high perch
Clearer eye ring
Blackish legs
Distinctive call
Downward bob of tail
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Wood Warbler
Icterine warbler
Melodious Warbler
Bonelli's warbler
Garden Warbler
Willow warbler
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Warbler Menu
Adult Male and Female
Distribution:
Breeds in Siberia and winters in the Himalayas area. Thought to be a regular winter visitor to Western Europe and UK.
Habitat:
Thickets and copse, hedge-lines and parkland, can turn up almost anywhere on passage.
Notes:
Once considered a sub-species of the Chiffchaff the Siberian Chiffchaff is now considered a separate species. The bird is considered rare in the UK but it is believed that it is probably more common than is reported due to the difficulty of establishing the birds identity from the now common wintering Chiffchaff, especially in the South West. The Siberian Chiffchaff has a very different song to the Common Chiffchaff but unfortunately winter birds rarely sing and tend to have a monosyllabic call not unlike a Bullfinch.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Phylloscopidae

Genus: Phyllosccopus

Species: p.(collybita) tristis