Eschenbach Bird Of The Month: The Icterine Warbler

The experts from Eschenbach share their tips on photographing the Icterine Warbler.

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Icterine Warbler



The Icterine Warbler is about 12-13cm tall, which is slightly smaller and lighter than the House Sparrow. Its body is slender while the head is quite large, exacerbated by the ruffled crest feathers and the beak and tail are both short and strong. Icterine Warblers have a bright, light yellow belly, in contrast with the top which is more of a brownish-green. This darker colour reaches up to the head. If you look closely, you can see that the beak is actually two colours: the upper mandible dark brown and the lower mandible yellowish.



In Europe, Icterine Warblers can be spotted in a large area that stretches from the south of Scandinavia, France and Switzerland to Kazakhstan and Russia. Other key areas include the Alps, Bulgaria and Azov Sea. It is impressive how such small birds are able to travel so far; as long-distance migrants, they make their way to Africa in late summer. Icterine Warblers like deciduous and riparian forests that have thick bushes and tall trees.


Photography Tips

It might be challenging to find and photograph an Icterine Warbler. However, you can give it a try in parks and forests. A special talent of Icterine Warbler is its singing which is composed of a variety of tones and melodies. In fact, inexperienced listeners would probably never guess that all these sounds come from the same bird! Icterine Warbler couples build their nests in the trees during springtime. The nests are not more than 4m high and are built on branches and forks. Icterine Warblers use all possible materials from nature and combine them into an artful cup-shaped nest.
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