Cetti's Warbler

Cettia cetti


Named after 18th century zoologist Francesco Cetti, Cetti's Warblers are medium-sized warblers of willow scrub, marshes and nettlebeds. They can be very difficult to spot, but you may well hear them singing loudly from the cover of dense bushes. Resident all year-round, in summer male Cetti's Warblers spend their time defending territories while the females lay their bright red eggs and raise their chicks.

How to identify

Cetti's Warblers are rich chestnut-brown above and grey below, with a pale throat. They have a long, often cocked, tail. Best recognised by its fruity, bubbling song.

Where to find it

Resident in the south of England and South Wales.

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

To help wetland birds such as Cetti's Warbler, The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves sympathetically - scrub clearance, ditch and scrape digging and reedbed planting and cutting are just some of the management techniques used to benefit wildlife. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Cetti's Warbler
Latin name
Cettia cetti
Tits, goldcrests and warblers
Length: 14cm Wingspan: 17cm Weight: 12-15g Average Lifespan: 2 years
Conservation status