Wood Warbler by Rob Miller

Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Key Facts

  • Length: 12-13cm
  • Wingspan: 22cm
  • Weight: 10g

Wood Warblers are small birds of oak woodland in the north and west of the UK, particularly upland areas.

They sing from high-up in the canopy, but build their nests in low scrub or even on the ground in hollows. Like other warblers, Wood Warblers are insectivorous.

How to Identify

Wood Warblers are green above and bright white below, with a yellow throat and yellow eyebrow stripe. Larger than the similar Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

Where to Find

A summer visitor to northern and western Britain.

How People Can Help

Recent declines in breeding numbers of Wood Warblers are a concern. The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for woodland bird species and other wildlife. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting, ride maintenance and non-intervention all help woodland wildlife to thrive. You can help too: volunteer for The Wildlife Trusts and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about birds.

Did you know?

The Wood Warbler is one of a group of summer visitors; together with Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, they are characteristic of sessile oak woodland in the west of Britain.

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