Key information: The Common Chiffchaff isone of our most abundant winter visitors. It also visits Cyprus on migration and can be seen here from October to April. It is an energetic and vocal little bird, actively flitting among the trees and shrubs with distinctive tail-wagging movements. It has a simple two-note sharp rhythmic song “chiff-chaff-chiff-chaff” – heard on sunny winter days here in Cyprus – and a soft “hweet” call.
Length: 10 – 12 cm
Habitat: Farmland, scrub and bushes, mountains and forests, wetlands
When they can be seen: Autumn, winter, spring
What they eat: Invertebrates
In Cyprus: Can be seen in a variety of habitats, including pine forest, scrub, farmland, near wetlands, parks and in gardens
Status: Passage migrant, winter visitor
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis