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Icterine Warbler Bird

Identification of Icterine Warbler Bird

Icterine Warbler Bird 1 Length: 12-13.5cm Wingspan: 20.5-24cm Call: "vvht-vihht-vheed"

Icterine bird is a large-headed warbler with a square-ended tail, it is greyish-green above and uniform primrose-yellow below. The bill is stout with a broad base and pinkish-yellow sides, and the legs are grey or blue-grey. The wingtips are quite long, and in fresh plumage it shows a pale panel on the secondaries. The lores are pale and yellowish, lacking a dark eyestripe, and it shows a short, yellowish supercilium. Immatures in autumn appear paler, greyer, and more washed out.

Habitat of Icterine Warbler Bird

Icterine bird is a scarce but regular migrant on the south and east coasts of Britain, breeding in central and northern Europe. It is a woodland bird, favouring sunny and fairly moist forest edge, open deciduous woods with iarge trees arid busty undergrowth, parks, gardens, tall hedgerows and other similar patches of trees and bushes. Migrants can appear in coastal scrub and trees.

Song / Call of Icterine Warbler Bird

The song of icterine bird is a vigorous and rhythmic collection of rich, harsh and musical sounds, much mimicry and some weird shrill nasal buzzes that are the best indicator of the species, all delivered rapidly and fluently. It is most similar to the song of the Marsh Warbier, but is more mawc, higher pitched, and generally delivered in longer verses without pauses, comprising notes that are repeated more times, such as "ffuht-ffuht-jiiooo ffuht-ffuht-jiiooo ffuht-ffuht-jiiooo trrrt-trrrt-trrrt wht-vihht-vheed vvht-vihht-vheed chedit-chedit-chedit ving-ving-hrrrrrieh ving-ving-hrrrrrieh tzizidi'di'doo tzizidi'di'doo vidu-vidu veet zu-zu-zu-zu...", etc. A distinctive three-note call is given during the breeding season and is often integrated into the song, a nasal ascending "vvht-vihht-vheed". It also has some basic "tek" notes, given in anxiety, and a low "djeh" note, sometimes repeated in a series. Another occasional call is an ascending "hwuerrp", a little like the call of the Willow Warbler.