Eurasian Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita

(P. c. abietinus, P. c. tristis)

Armenian Name: Ծնկլտան գեղգեղիկ
Eurasian Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff

See Plate 49 for Eurasian Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:10-11 cm, Wing Span:15-21 cm
Distribution Map: Map 276.
Description: P. c. abietinus: Small warbler with short primary extension and blackish legs. ^^^^^^^P. c. tristis (sometimes considered a separate species, Siberian Chiffchaff): short primary extension and blackish legs. Greenish-gray to gray-brown above with white eyering, pale wingbar and contrasting greenish edges to primaries; white to pale gray below. Similar Species- Mountain Chiffchaff, Willow and Greenish Warblers. Behavior- lively bird; often dips tail. Call is a plaintive, descending 2-note whistle. Habitat- shrubs and trees on migration.^^^^^^^
Adult: Grayish brown-green above, white to yellowish below, dark bill.
Juvenile: Green-gray upperparts, yellow edges to flight feathers, pale wingbar.
Similar Species: Mountain Chiffchaff, Willow and Greenish Warblers.
Behavior: Lively; forages from ground to tree tops. Often dips tail. Two-note song is often repeated.
Habitat: Woodland; widespread on migration.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Domed cup of dry grass near ground.
Eggs: 17 mm, 4-7, white, dark spots.