Savi’s Warbler

Pic: FLPA / Alamy

Pic: FLPA / Alamy

Savi’s Warbler is a rare summer visitor and breeder in tiny numbers in the UK. It is a Locustella or grasshopper warbler, with a buzzing song similar but distinctly different from that of the Grasshopper Warbler.

This unstreaked brown warbler was first collected and (recognised as something new) by Tuscan mineralogist and biologist Paolo Savi when collecting for the Pisa Museum in 1821. Previous specimens had been mistaken for Cetti’s Warblers, but Savi realised he had a new bird.