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Common Chiffchaff

(Phylloscopus collybita)
Alternate name(s): "Chiffchaff"
German name(s): "Zilpzalp", "Weidenlaubsänger"

Size: 10-11 cm; wing span 15-21 cm
Weight: 5-11 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Chiffchaff at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "collybita"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a wet Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Albufeira de Vilar, Sernancelhe, Viseu, Portugal, December 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, September 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, September 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Lateral view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of K. Paunovic)
[Fruska Gora NP, Serbia, May 2016]

Lateral view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Lateral view of a soaking wet Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Partly obscured lateral view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, September 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Bailao, Estremoz, Portugal, December 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Wadebridge, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barrero, Portugal, January 2018]

Food, Diet

Common Chiffchaff picking a fly off a concrete pillar (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, June 2015]

Common Chiffchaff looking for insects or taking nectar? (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2019]

Common Chiffchaff looking for insects or taking nectar? (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2019]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

chifchf_dw_20200927.m4a collybita
(Poland)
Contact calls(?) © DW
chifchf_jp_20181202.m4a collybita
(Portugal)
Territorial song(?) © JP

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