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Unidentified bird

Observed: 17th April 2013 By: purplehairstreak

I found this dead bird whilst out walking yesterday and don't know what species it is. Can anyone help me identify it?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) interacts


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The wing of Willow Warbler is longer than that of Chiffchaff, as it is a longer distance migrant. These birds have 10 primary feathers, with the outermost being very short indeed (not visible here). Counting from the outside (and including that short feather), the wing tip of Willow is formed by the 3rd (occasionally with the 4th) feather, but on Chiffchaff it's the 4th and 5th feathers. On this bird, it seems to be the 4th/5th feathers which are longest, so that suggests Chiffchaff.

Then,the dark legs suggest Chiffchaff, as does the duller plumage than Willow.

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Thanks for all your help! I also initially thought it may be a Warbler. I know there seems to be a good amount of certainty that it's a Chiffchaff, but would some more photos from different angles make it even more obvious?