Icterine Warbler

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Common Name: Icterine Warbler
Scientific Name: Hippolais icterina

Size: 4.7-5.3 inches (12-13.5 cm); Wingspan: 7.5-9.1 inches (19-23 cm)

Habitat: Europe; breeds in mainland Europe except the southwest, where it is replaced by its western counterpart, Melodious Warbler (H. polyglotta). It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.

It is found in open deciduous woodland with bushes and also parks and gardens, often near water.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: 11,200,000-28,400,000 individuals. In Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate decline. In the west of its range the decline is suspected to be partially due to competition from the Melodious Warbler (H. polyglotta).

Diet: Icterine warblers eat mostly insects, although they will also eat berries in the summer.

Nesting: Sexes are alike. Icterine Warblers resemble the more common Willow Warbler, but are larger and particularly have larger heads. They have greyish green upper parts and pale yellow under parts. The pale edges of their secondary wing feathers form a pale wing panel that stands out on their otherwise dark wings. Their tails have a straight edged tip and white edging on their outermost feathers. Their wings are relatively long, reflected in the length of the protruding tips of their primary wing feathers compared to the length of their tertial feathers.

Younger birds have paler yellow or even whitish under parts with no yellow coloring, making them resemble the rare Olivaceous Warbler (which can be distinguished by its much shorter primary wing feathers). Icterine Warblers have bluish grey legs, dark brown irises, and brown beaks with a broad base (lower mandible yellowish pink). Bright orange coloring may be seen in the gapes of singing Icterine Warblers.

Its first choice for constructing its nest is between the branches of the Elderberry. The nest consists of skillfully woven grass, spiders’ webs and beard lichen, which is covered with birch bark scales and lichen. They are lined with hair, root fibers and thin grass stalks. There are usually 4–6 eggs laid in the deep bowl-shaped nest.


Cool Facts: The term icterine refers to its yellowish coloration. Birders refer to this bird as an “Icky”

The song is a fast nasal babbling incorporating mimicry of other species. The call is described as "teck" or "tec, tec, tec".  


Found in Songbird Remix Woodland Jewels

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