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Cetti's Warbler

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Revision as of 19:53, 28 October 2009 by Deliatodd-18346 (Talk | contribs)
Photo by RagnaLesvos, Greece
Cettia cetti



L 13-14 cm

  • Rufous upperparts and tail
  • Greyish-white underparts
  • Pale supercillium
  • Dark eyestripe
  • Broad rounded tail

Sexes and young similar


Found in south-western and southern Europe, North Africa and east over Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan to western Xinjiang (China).

Mainly resident, but migratory in East.

Photo by Lee FullerRadipole Lake, Dorset, April 2007
Photo by Lee Fuller
Radipole Lake, Dorset, April 2007



There are 3 subspecies:

  • C. c. cetti:
  • C. c. orientalis:
  • C. c. albiventris:

A fourth subspecies, sericea, is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Breeds in dense, rather tall and often well-delimited vegetation, preferably near but not in water, e.g. in drier tall reeds with scattered bushes, stands of papyrus, willow, bamboo, various thick bushes etc.; sometimes breeds near human habitation, in thickly wooded parkland, beside reservoirs and canals etc.


Generally keeps concealed in vegetation, often hops on ground or low down in shrubbery.


The diet includes insects and larvae.


Nests low down in dense vegetation. The 3-6 eggs are laid in a nest which is built in a bush near water.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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