Willow warbler perched on a branch

Willow warbler

Willow warblers look almost identical to chiffchaffs. Telling these two warblers apart is extremely tricky visually, though they can easily be identified by their song. Tiny willow warblers produce a most beautiful liquid warble that rises in volume. One of Britain's most abundant warblers, they build distinctive, dome-shaped nests with a hole in the side, close to the ground. Into these oven-like nests, very small eggs are laid - eggs so tiny that three weigh the same as a one pence coin. Unusually for birds, they moult their feathers twice a year.

Scientific name: Phylloscopus trochilus

Rank: Species

Common names:

Willow wren

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The Willow warbler can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Willow warbler distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


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  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Phylloscopidae
  7. Leaf warblers
  8. Willow warbler

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