This is a medium-sized warbler, 12?13 cm in length, and similar to its eastern counterpart, icterine warbler. The adult has a plain brown back and wings, and yellowish underparts. The bill is strong and pointed and the legs are brown. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are paler on the belly.

Habitat and Distribution

This small passerine bird is a species found in open woodland with bushes. It breeds in southwest Europe and northwest Africa. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.


Like most warblers, it is insectivorous, but will take other small food items, including berries.


3-5 eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or a bush.

Calls and Songs

The song is a pleasant babbling.