Dartford Warbler

Scientific name: Sylvia undata

Did you know: Once teetering on the brink of extinction in the UK, the resilient Dartford Warbler has made a remarkable recovery since the 1960s, a testament to nature’s adaptability and strength.

What Do Dartford Warblers Look Like? (how to identify them)

The Dartford Warbler is a charming, small-sized bird, known for its elongated tail and subtle yet striking colours

Males display a mixture of grey-brown upperparts and delightful reddish hues on their underparts, complemented by a distinct red eye-ring. Females are slightly paler but equally enchanting.

Differences Between Male And Female Dartford Warblers

Male and female Dartford Warblers share similar plumage patterns, with the males exhibiting a more intense reddish tone on their underparts and a strikingly greyer head.

What Do Dartford Warblers Eat?

These warblers are predominantly insectivorous, relishing a diet of insects and other invertebrates, particularly caterpillars and spiders. They are also known to consume berries and seeds, especially during the colder months.

Where Do Dartford Warblers Live? (inc. migration info)

Dartford Warblers are mainly UK residents, thriving in heathland habitats. They prefer dense gorse or heather for nesting and are most commonly found in southern England. 

Unlike many warbler species, Dartford Warblers are largely sedentary, with limited migratory movements.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Dartford Warblers)

The Dartford Warbler’s song is a unique blend of scratchy warbles and high-pitched notes, creating a captivating melody that resonates across their heathland homes.

Fun Dartford Warbler Facts (kid friendly)

  • Dartford Warblers can sing from the top of gorse bushes, making them little stars of the heathland stage.
  • Their long tails make them acrobats of the bird world, nimbly manoeuvring through gorse and heather.
  • In winter, they might sneak into urban areas for a quick visit.
  • These warblers have a special talent for camouflage, blending seamlessly with their surroundings.
  • Despite their small size, Dartford Warblers are hardy survivors, overcoming challenges like harsh winters.
  • They build cosy nests close to the ground, hidden away in thick heather or gorse.
  • Fascinatingly, they were named after Dartford, Kent, where they were first observed in the UK.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Dartford Warbler

Diet: Insects and other invertebrates.
Bird Family: Warblers
Length: 12-13cm
Wingspan: 13-18cm
Weight: 9-12g
Scientific Name: Sylvia undata

The Dartford Warbler Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

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