Species: Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

Family: Old World Warblers (SYLVIIDAE)

Category: Birds

Location: NW

A. Birds

More extensive information on birds can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Old World Warblers (SYLVIIDAE)

This family of drably coloured birds makes up for their lack of sartorial variety by their individual tuneful songs. They have finely pointed bills for insect feeding, and most are migratory to take advantage of better summer feeding in the breeding season, usually travelling at night. Being small birds they must double their body weight before setting off, but as our climate warms they are increasingly seen here over winter.

C. Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

The two-note call of the Chiffchaff, from which its name derives, may be heard from its arrival in late February, often sung from treetops. It is a leaf warbler, the most diminutive of the groups of warblers. They are Summer migrant breeders, and some 1.8 million pairs arrived here in 2016, giving them a conservation status of GREEN.



This Chiffchaff is about to be released, having been ringed in Heene Cemetery on March 15th 2021. This was done by a registered bird ringer. (For more information about bird ringing, see https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/ringing/about.)


The Chiffchaff is a leaf warbler, the most diminutive of the groups of warblers.