Profile of a wood warbler perched on a branch

Wood warbler

The wood warbler gets its name from the trilling song performed by the male with gusto, head raised, bright yellow throat puffed out and body all aquiver. The scientific name ‘sibilatrix’ means the whistler. It is the largest leaf warbler in Europe and is easily confused with other leaf warblers such as the chiffchaff and the willow warbler. Despite a love of beech and oak woodlands, wood warblers are ground-nesting birds, sometimes concealing their nests under a fallen branch. In the UK the highest densities of wood warblers are found in the western oak woods of Wales. All European wood warblers migrate to Africa for the winter.

Scientific name: Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Rank: Species

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The Wood warbler can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, 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 Wood warbler distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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. Wood warbler


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