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Dartford Warbler Bird

Identification of Dartford Warbler Bird

Dartford Warbler Bird 1 Length: 13-14cm Wingspan: 13-18.5cm Call: "djjaehhr"

A perky, short-winged little bird with a long narrow tail, often held cocked or jerking up and down as it flies from thicket to thicket. The Dartford Warbler Bird (male) is subtly hued, with vinous-red underparts, spotted white in lines on the throat. The head, back and tail are slate-grey, with a red orbital eyering and reddish-brown eye. The spiky little bill is yellowish at the base, and the legs are yellow-brown. The female is duller, brown-tinged on the back and greyish-pink below.

Habitat of Dartford Warbler Bird

Dartford Warbler Bird is a resident species, found mainly in southern and eastern counties of Britain, in western Europe and around the western Mediterranean basin. In Britain it favours sandy heaths with heather, bracken and stands of gorse, but othetvyise is found in open bushy habitats, scrub, in maquis and garrigue, and also in open pine or oak woodland with low scrub; it has an affinity for coastal areas. Sensitive to cold weather, it spreads its range in mild winters.

Song / Call of Dartford Warbler Bird

The song of dartford warbler bird is a very fast burst of scratchy warbling, not unlike the song of the Common Whitethroat but being sung at double speed. It undulates quickly in tone, including both high-frequency notes and some hard 'pebbly' rattling notes. The song phrases last for 1.5-6 seconds, songsters often alternating with different length phrases. The song is delivered either in a song flight or from the top of a bush such as gorse, and although sounding fairly weak it can be quite far-carrying across quiet heaths. The call note is a harsh "djjaehhr", similar to Common Whitethroat but more buzzing and nasal. It also gives a quieter version of that call, and a short hard "tuk", which may be extended into a rattling "trr'r'r'r'r'r'r" in alarm.