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, Wood Warblers are insectivorous.

How to identify

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.

Where to find it

A summer visitor to northern and western Britain.


When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

Recent declines in breeding numbers of Wood Warblers are a concern. The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for woodland bird species and other wildlife. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting, ride maintenance and non-intervention all help woodland wildlife to thrive. You can help too: volunteer for The Wildlife Trusts and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about birds.

Species information

Common name
Wood Warbler
Latin name
Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Tits, goldcrests and warblers
Length: 12-13cm Wingspan: 22cm Weight: 10g
Conservation status
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.