Wood Warbler

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This article refers to the Eurasian leaf warbler. For American wood warblers, see New World warbler.


Wood Warbler
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sylviidae
Genus:Phylloscopus
Species:P. sibilatrix
Binomial name
Phylloscopus sibilatrix
(Bechstein, 1793)

The Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) is a common and widespread leaf warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe, and just into the extreme west of Asia in the southern Ural Mountains.

This warbler is strongly migratory and the entire population winters in tropical Africa.

This is a bird of open but shady woodlands, such as beech and sessile oak, with some ground cover for nesting. The nest is built near the ground in low shrub. Like most Old World warblers, this small passerine is insectivorous.

This is a typical leaf warbler in appearance, green above and white below with a lemon-yellow breast. It can be distinguished from similar species, like the Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita and the Willow Warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus by its yellow supercilium, throat and upper breast, pale tertial edges, longer primary projection, and by its shorter but broader tail.

It has two song types, often (but not always) given alternately, (1) a high-pitched fluid metallic trill of increasing tempo "pit-pit-pitpitpitpt-t-t-ttt", lasting 2-3 seconds, and (2) a series of 3 to 5 descending piping notes of lower pitch "piüü-piüü-piüü". The contact call is a soft piping note, similar to the second song type, but shorter and given singly, "piü".da:Skovsanger de:Waldlaubsänger eo:Arbarfiloskopo lt:Žalioji pečialinda nl:Fluiter pl:Świstunka leśna fi:Sirittäjä

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