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Common Chiffchaff

(Phylloscopus collybita)
Alternate name(s): "Chiffchaff"
Size: 10-11 cm; wing span 15-21 cm
Weight: 5-11 g


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

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Race "collybita"


Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Dorsal view of a Common Chiffchaff (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]


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
Contact calls(?) © DW
chifchf_jp_20221230.mp3 collybita
Contact calls(?) © JP
chifchf_jp_20230109.mp3 collybita
Territorial song(?) © JP
chifchf_jp_20181202.m4a collybita
Territorial song(?) © JP
chifchf_jp_20200523.m4a collybita
Territorial song(?) (+ others in bkgd) © JP

More Common Chiffchaff sound recordings are available at .

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