Wood warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Wood warblers are small birds of oak woodland in the north and west of the UK, particularly upland areas. They sing from high-up in the canopy, but build their nests in low scrub or even on the ground in hollows. Like other warblers, they are insectivorous.


Wood warblers are green above and bright white below, with a yellow throat and yellow eyebrow stripe. Larger than the similar willow warbler and chiffchaff.


Length: 12-13cm

Wingspan: 22cm

Weight: 10g


Classified in the UK as a Red List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review and as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.


A summer visitor to northern and western Britain.

When to see

April – August


The wood warbler is one of a group of summer visitors; together with pied flycatcher and redstart, they are characteristic of sessile oak woodland in the west of Britain.

Common name

Wood warbler

Species name

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

IUCN Red List status

Least concern

When to see in Scotland

April – August

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