Iberian Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus ibericus (Ticehurst, 1937) IR IBECH 13115
Family: Passeriformes > Phylloscopidae

Only recently separated from Common Chiffchaff (on the basis of DNA and its distinctive song) this is a rare spring visitor to southern Britain.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.8k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.8k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.



This species was split from Common Chiffchaff in 1999 (BOU 1999) and singing males have been reported in very small numbers in recent years (Eaton et al. 2021), with breeding confirmed in 2015 (Hunter 2016). The species may possibly be in the early stages of colonising the UK.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Iberian Chiffchaff breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


Iberian Chiffchaff is a spring vagrant.

Weekly occurence of Iberian Chiffchaff from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Iberian Chiffchaff, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Siff-siaff Iberia
Catalan: mosquiter ibèric
Czech: budnícek iberský
Danish: Iberisk Gransanger
Dutch: Iberische Tjiftjaf
Estonian: ibeeria väike-lehelind
Finnish: iberiantiltaltti
French: Pouillot ibérique
German: Iberienzilpzalp
Hungarian: ibériai füzike
Icelandic: Grenisöngavri
Italian: Luì piccolo iberico
Latvian: Iberijas cuncinš
Lithuanian: iberine pecialinda
Norwegian: Iberiagransanger
Polish: swistunka iberyjska
Portuguese: felosinha-ibérica
Slovak: kolibiarik iberský
Slovenian: iberska listnica
Spanish: Mosquitero ibérico
Swedish: iberisk gransångare


Interpretation and scientific publications about Iberian Chiffchaff from BTO scientists.


Causes of change

As this species has only recently been recognised it is unclear whether its status in the UK has changed. It is possible that records will become more frequent in the future as a result of climate change.

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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