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Common Chiffchaff

Observed: 24th April 2012 By: chrisbrooks
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Common Chiffchaff
Common Chiffchaff
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) interacts


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The only ones that I see and

The only ones that I see and they are several in the local chine, are stuck up in the tops of the trees and hard to spot. What did you bribe this one with to get it to pose like that?

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I was taking an image of a Dunnock and heard a "chiff chaff" call and about 30 seconds later it hoped into the tree next door. Luck really.

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The features you mention are all true, but the best way to tell Chiff from Willow is the primary projection. In Chiffchaff, the amount the primary feathers project beyond the tertials is shorter than the tertials; in Willow, the distance is the same as or greater than the tertials (Willow being a longer distance migrant and therefore having longer wings).

That said, on your bird the tertials are quite worn after the winter and so it is not as obvious as it usually is!


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Thanks for that, I did try to gauge the wings but the angle of shot put me off.

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Another good pointer is the eye-ring. If the eye-ring is more obvious than the eye-stripe it's likely to be a chiffchaff. With a willow warbler the reverse is true.

Bob Ford