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Bird  Chiffchaff

Chiff Chaff - Photo  Copyright 2002 Margaret Barton Photo: Margaret Barton

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Latin name: Phylloscopus collybita

Size: Approximately 11 to 12cms.

Distribution: Found in most parts of the UK, although in Scotland it is more frequently seen in the south.

Months seen: March to October.

Food: Small insects

Habitat: Woodlands and gardens. Often near water.

Special features: The chiffchaff is one of the first songbirds to arrive back to Britain after its winter migration to Mediterranean areas.

The name is derived from its unmistakeable song whih sounds something like a repetative "chiff chop chip chaff". The song is the easiest way to distinguish the chiffchaff from the willow warbler. The willow warbler sounds something like "Hoo-it".

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