Cetti’s Warbler

Cetti’s Warbler

Scientific name: Cettia cetti

Did you know: Cetti’s Warbler, a rather elusive bird, first bred in the UK in 1972, making it one of the country’s most recent avian residents.

What Do Cetti’s Warblers Look Like? (how to identify them)

Cetti’s Warblers are small, unobtrusive birds that prefer to remain hidden. They are characterised by their rich chestnut-brown upperparts and pale grey underparts. 

Notably, they possess short, rounded wings and a full, rounded tail. The males and females are similar in appearance, making them difficult to distinguish visually.

Differences Between Male And Female Cetti’s Warblers

Male and female Cetti’s Warblers are alike in plumage, but males are generally larger and have longer wings

The subtlety of these differences means that it’s challenging to differentiate between the sexes based on appearance alone.

What Do Cetti’s Warblers Eat?

These warblers primarily feed on small insects and larvae, demonstrating their adaptability and skill in sourcing food across various habitats.

Where Do Cetti’s Warblers Live? (inc. migration info)

Cetti’s Warblers are found in wetlands and prefer areas with dense vegetation near water bodies. 

They have a stable or increasing population across Europe, with the UK witnessing a notable rise in their numbers since their first recorded breeding.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Cetti’s Warblers)

The Cetti’s Warbler is best known for its loud and distinctive song, which often betrays its presence before it’s seen. The song is crucial in maintaining territories and attracting mates.

Fun Cetti’s Warbler Facts (kid friendly)

  • Cetti’s Warblers have a powerful song that can be heard from a distance.
  • They prefer to stay hidden, making them a bit of a mystery bird.
  • These warblers have only 10 tail feathers, unlike most other birds.
  • They lay bright red eggs, a unique trait among their kind.
  • Despite their small size, their loud song can fill an entire marshland.

Cetti’s Warbler Video

Facts About The Cetti’s Warbler

Diet: Insects and larvae.
Bird Family: Warblers
Length: 13.5cm
Wingspan: 15-19cm
Weight: 9-17g
Scientific Name: Cettia cetti

The Cetti’s Warbler Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Juvenile