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A small warbler (Phylloscopus collybita) of Eurasia and Africa, having yellowish-green plumage.

[Imitative of its song.]


(Animals) a common European warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with a yellowish-brown plumage
[C18: imitative of its call]


(ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf, -ˌtʃɑf)

a greenish brown Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.
[1770–80; imitative; compare German Zilpzalp chiffchaff]


[ˈtʃɪftʃæf] Nmosquitero m común
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| A Siberian Chiffchaff reported from Pen-ychain on the Llyn's south coast on Monday also had an eastern origin, while a Melodious Warbler at Porth Meudwy would have come from elsewhere in Europe.
A possible Thrush Nightingale behind Bangor High Street was not relocated, but a Siberian Chiffchaff on Bardsey showed well, joining three Richard's Pipits and a Yellow-browed Warbler on this week's list.
But the bitterly cold weather was welcomed by one little fella - a rare Siberian chiffchaff was spotted in London yesterday, 3,000 miles from its usual habitat.
Slightly drabber but no less interesting was a Siberian Chiffchaff seen there on Monday.
A Barred Warbler was in Porth Meudwy with another on Bardsey, which also hosted Woodlark, Siberian Chiffchaff and Little Bunting.
Those who went to at Llyn Coron to see the bean geese (re-identified this week as the tundra race, from east of the Russian Urals), also spotted a Siberian chiffchaff roving the willows among a flock of tits.
The island observatory also ringed a Siberian chiffchaff.
One was over Bardsey this week and another (or the same) over southwest Llyen, where a possible Siberian chiffchaff was at Porth Meudwy.
Bird highlights this week include Siberian Chiffchaff at RSPB Malltraeth Marsh, Snow Buntings on Holyhead breakwater and at Kinmel Bay, and Slavonian and Red-necked Grebe off Aber Ogwen beach.
A common crane over the Mersey valley was probably our most exotic visitor - and a lot easier to identify than a Siberian chiffchaff!