How to identify

Small and rather undistinctive, Cetti's Warbler (pronounced chetty) is a shy bird that likes to skulk about in patches of scrub and long grass. Its loud bursts of song mean you'll usually hear it before you see it. But if you're determined to spot one, look for a dark, rather stocky warbler with short wings and a full, rounded tail, diving for cover. This Schedule 1 species is one of the UK's most recent new residents, first breeding in Kent in 1972.


Cetti's Warbler

Jordi Calvet / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
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* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
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