As the name suggests, this warbler is smaller than its cousin the whitethroat. It sports dark cheek feathers which contrast with the pale throat and can give it a 'masked' look. When its flits from cover you might see the white outer feathers of its tail. Lesser whitethroats are hard to see and often only noticed when they give their harsh, rattling song, or 'tacking' call.
What they eat:
In spring and summer, they mainly eat insects. In autumn, these warblers feed up on berries to build up their fat reserves before migration.
- 13 cm
- 18 cm
- 12 g - the same as 12 paperclips or two goldcrests
- UK breeding:
- 74,000 territories