Wood Warbler

Scientific name: Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Did you know: The Wood Warbler’s song has been likened to a spinning coin on a marble surface, creating a unique and memorable melody in the forests.

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

Wood Warblers are a visual treat with their vivid yellow-green upper parts and contrasting white underparts. This bird, which belongs to the Phylloscopus warbler family, is distinguished by a striking yellow eye stripe and a compact, broad tail. 

It’s slightly larger than its cousins, measuring about 12-13 cm in length, and can be easily told apart from the willow warbler and the chiffchaff due to its unique colouration and physical attributes.

Differences Between Male And Female Wood Warblers

While both male and female Wood Warblers share a similar brilliant plumage, subtle differences exist. The males typically exhibit a slightly more vivid colouration during the breeding season, which aids in attracting females and asserting territory.

What Do Wood Warblers Eat?

The diet of a Wood Warbler mainly consists of insects and spiders. They skillfully pick their meals from vegetation using their beaks. This diet is essential for their energy needs, especially during the breeding and migratory seasons.

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

Wood Warblers are inhabitants of oak woods and other mature forests across the UK, including Wales, some areas in England, and some regions in Scotland and Ireland. They exhibit a strong migratory pattern, spending summers in the UK and winters in tropical Africa. 

The lush green canopies of oak and beech trees provide the perfect habitat for these birds.

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

The Wood Warbler’s song is a captivating aspect of its identity, characterised by a high-pitched, metallic trill that increases in tempo, and a series of descending notes. These melodies contribute significantly to the birds’ communication, especially during mating and territorial displays.

Fun Wood Warbler Facts (kid friendly)

  • Wood Warblers have a distinct yellow eye stripe that makes them look like they’re wearing superhero masks.
  • They travel thousands of miles every year from the UK to Africa and back.
  • Female Warblers build dome-shaped nests on the ground.
  • Their unique song sounds like coins spinning on marble.
  • They love to eat spiders and insects, making them natural pest controllers.
  • Despite their small size (about the length of a pencil), they have a wingspan almost twice their body length.
  • Their presence indicates a healthy, mature woodland.
  • They are one of the less common warblers found in the UK.

Wood Warbler Images

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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 Wood Warbler

Diet: Mainly insects and spiders.
Bird Family: Warblers
Length: 12-13cm
Wingspan: 19.5-24cm
Weight: 8-12g
Scientific Name: Phylloscopus sibilatrix

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

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September