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Icterine Warbler

Hippolais icterina

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

BTO 2

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BTO 5

ICTWA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Icterine Warbler is a rather rare migrant in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

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Overview

Icterine Warbler: Robin-sized leaf warbler with long wings. Yellow below, olive-green above with indistinct yellow eye ring and yellow lores, and dark grey wings with pale edging. Has straight, orange bill with dark grey on culmen, and blue-grey legs and feet. Has square-ended tail.


Range and Habitat

Icterine Warbler: Scarce passage visitor to the UK. Breeds during summer in mainland Europe and winters in tropical and southern Africa. Can be seen in autumn, but more likely to be seen on spring passage when birds use a westerly route. Prefers open woodland and forest edges.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chi-chi-vooih", "geea-geea", "tak-tak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Icterine Warbler is colloquially referred to by birders as Icky.
  • The term icterine refers to the yellowish colouration of the feathers.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

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CulmenX
The uppermost central ridge of the upper mandible.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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