Willow warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus

Interesting facts: The willow warbler returns from Africa to Central European gardens from at the start of April. It also settles in parks, cemeteries, deciduous and mixed forests and wetland areas. Visually, the little songbird can be barely distinguished from a chiffchaff. Only its chaffinch-like melodic song helps to identify it. The species feeds on insects, spiders, molluscs, berries and fruits.

Characteristics: It is similar to the chiffchaff (see Interesting facts), plumage an unremarkable brownish-yellowish with a predominantly light underside; beige-brown feet

Body length: Less than 20 cm (sparrow length)

Distribution: Sparse deciduous and mixed forests, riverbanks with thick vegetation, parks and gardens; overwinters in Africa