Garden Warbler

Irish Name: Ceolaire garraí
Scientific name: Sylvia borin
Bird Family: Warblers
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Conservation status

Status

Scarce summer visitor to woodlands in the midlands and northern Ireland from April to September. Also a scarce passage migrant mainly in spring and autumn to headlands on southern and western coasts.

Identification

A very non-descript small brown bird with few identification features. Appears largely like a female Blackcap without the brown cap. Has a very faint buffish eyestripe. Ages and sexes identical.

Voice

A hard "teck". The song is very similar to that of the Blackcap, though lacks that species more ecstatic sound.

Diet

Feeds almost exclusively on insects and other invertebrates.

Breeding

Prefers dense decidous woodland with good undergrowth. Also breeds in larger parks and gardens. Rather unobtrusive and seldom noticed unless singing. The majority of the population appear to be concentrated in the Midlands and north.

Wintering

Winters in tropical Africa. A relatively common passage migrant to headlands along the south and west coast, chiefly in autumn.

Monitored by

Countryside Bird Survey and BirdTrack.

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Irish Name:
Caipín dubh
Scientific name:
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