The Canary Islands chiffchaff (Phylloscopus canariensis) is a small bird with darkish olive-brown upperparts and a rich buff colour on the breast and flanks (2) (3). The rounded tail is rather long given the species’ short wings (2) (4), with buffish-yellow undertail-coverts. The legs are greenish to yellow-brown (2).
The male and female Canary Islands chiffchaff are very similar, while the juveniles are browner on the upperparts with a less prominent olive tinge to the plumage. The underparts of the juvenile are yellow-white with a smoke-brown tinge on the breast and throat, and the feather texture is loose and fluffy (2).
The rich, intense song of the Canary Islands chiffchaff is a relatively deep ‘chip, cheep, cheep, chip, chip, cheep’ (2). The Canary Islands chiffchaff has a variety of calls, including a typical ‘hweet’ and a very short metallic ‘chek’ (4).
- Length: 10 - 11 cm (2)
- Male wing length: 5.2 - 5.7 cm (2)
- Female wing length: 4.7 - 5.0 cm (2)