The Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is a small bird about the size of Blue tit. It lives in woodland, scrub, parks and gardens.
Chiffchaffs are a dark green above and whitish yellow below, with a creamy belly and a short eyebrow stripe. Onlooker must be careful not to mistake the Chiffchaffs for Willow warblers (Phylloscopus trochilus). They are quite similar, olive-coloured warblers, so the best identification method is by listening to their song. Chiffchaffs sing »chiff chaff chiff chaff« in a sort of regular clock-like way. And Willow warbles sing in a falling phrase of softly rippling »svi-svi« sounds. Important differentiation marker is also the color of legs: Willow warblers have lighter brown legs, while Chiffchaff legs are dark brown or black.
Below you can see one Chiffchaff I've recently managed to capture. Sweet little cutie.
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