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Barred Warbler Bird

Identification of Barred Warbler Bird

Barred Warbler Bird 1 Length: 15.5-17cm Wingspan: 323-27cm Call: "khr'r'r'r'r'r'r'r..."

Barred Warbler Bird is a large and heavy warbler, with a long white-tipped tail. The upperparts are lead-grey in the adult male, the wing feathers have bold white tips to the coverts and tertials, and the iris is yellow, giving it a mad staring expression. The underparts are whitish, variably barred with dark scallops from chin to undertail, strongest in the Barred warbler bird (male), while the female is much more sparsely barred. The female is generally duller, browner and has a duller yellow eye; immatures are grey-brown with pale edges to the wing feathers, and faint scallops on the vent and rump.

Habitat of Barred Warbler Bird

Barred warbler bird is a scarce but regular autumn migrant to Britain, usually appearing along the east coast after easterly winds. It breeds from central Europe eastwards and favours open country with tall bushes and scattered trees, bushy woodland clearings and edges, shelter belts, tall hedgerows, riverine thickets, large gardens and scrubby hillsides. Often nests in very close association with Red-backed Shrike. On passage it frequents coastal scrub.

Song / Call of Barred Warbler Bird

Barred Warbler Bird 2

The most distinctive call of Barred Warbler bird is a hard, rattling, rather Magpie-like chatter, "khr'r'r'r'r'r'r'r...", lasting about a second with a rate of about 24 notes per second, sometimes tailing off towards the end. It also gives a Blackcap-like "tak", a short nasal "czow", and a repeated "cha-cha-cha". The song is rather similar to that of Garden Warbler, a vigorous throaty warbling with a rich thrush-like quality. It is rather higher-pitched and brighter-sounding, is paced a little more slowly and delivered in shorter complete phrases lasting 2-5 seconds, with pauses in between that are usually longer than the actual song phrase. It often includes some harsher sounds and the hard rattling call, and it occasionally uses mimicry, particularly of Red-backed Shrike. The song is given from a bush or in a well-developed song flight, ascending with deep slow wingbeats, and parachuting down on spread wings while rocking from side to side.