Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus


Willow Warblers are small birds with grey-green backs and pale under parts. They have a yellow tinged chest and throat and pale supercillium (the stripe above the eye).

Similar Species

Similar to Chiffchaff but usually is less brown in tone, has a more distinct supercillium and usually has a pale leg colour but some individuals can have dark brown legs. But easily separated from the Chiffchaff by its song.

Identification difficulty

Open scrubby woodland

When to see it

April-September. They spend the winter in sub-Saharan Africa.

Life History

The nest is usually built in close contact with the ground, often in low vegetation. Like most warblers, this small bird is insectivorous.

UK Status

Willow Warblers are widespread and can be seen across most of the UK. Their population, especially in southern Britain, has undergone a moderate decline over the past 25 years making them an Amber List species.

VC55 Status

An abundant summer visitor and breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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