Adult Wood Warbler
Adult Wood Warbler underside

Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Brown wings often drooped below tail
Distinctive yellow breast with white underside, unlike other warblers
Long wide yellow strip over eye
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
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
Powerful singer, bird vibrates whilst singing
Clear white underside
Frequent song-flights between branches
Adult Wood Warbler singing
Adult Wood Warbler song flight
Adult from below
Chiffchaff
More brown, less yellow
Sings from high perch
Clearer eye ring
Blackish legs
Distinctive call
Downward bob of tail
Siberian Chiffchaff (Rare)
No yellow except underwing
Light buff eye stripe
Buff breast and sides
Warm buff behind eye
Winter visitor to UK
Chiffchaff
Icterine warbler
Melodious Warbler
Bonelli's warbler
Garden Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff
Willow warbler
Warbler Menu
Adult Male and Female
Distribution:
Widespread summer visitor to Europe and the UK but does not breed in the far North of scotland.
Habitat:
Frequenting tall Beech and Oak woodlands, were it's spends most of it's time in the forest canopy.
Notes:
Largest of the green/yellow warblers, the Wood warbler is peculiar in having two totally different songs. The regular song is a powerful shivering trill which causes the whole bird to vibrate. Unmistakable in spring with it's yellow breast, white underside, pale legs, short tail and head up singing posture.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Phylloscopidae

Genus: Phyllosccopus

Species: P. Sibilatrix