Phylloscopidae – Leaf warblers and allies

Mountain Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus sindianus) by Nikhil Devasar

Mountain Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus sindianus) by Nikhil Devasar

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalms 1:3 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Phylloscopidae – Leaf warblers and allies

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (78)

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
Western Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli)
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus orientalis)
Buff-barred Warbler (Phylloscopus pulcher)
Ashy-throated Warbler (Phylloscopus maculipennis)
Hume’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
Brooks’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus subviridis)
Chinese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus yunnanensis)
Lemon-rumped Warbler (Phylloscopus chloronotus)
Sichuan Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus forresti)
Gansu Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus kansuensis)
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)
Tytler’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus tytleri)
Yellow-streaked Warbler (Phylloscopus armandii)
Radde’s Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi)
Sulphur-bellied Warbler (Phylloscopus griseolus)
Tickell’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus affinis)
Alpine Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus occisinensis)
Smoky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuligiventer)
Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)
Plain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus neglectus)
Buff-throated Warbler (Phylloscopus subaffinis)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Mountain Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus sindianus)
Canary Islands Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus canariensis)
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus)
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)
Ijima’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus ijimae)
Philippine Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus olivaceus)
Lemon-throated Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus cebuensis)
Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler (Phylloscopus ruficapilla)
Brown Woodland Warbler (Phylloscopus umbrovirens)
Red-faced Woodland Warbler (Phylloscopus laetus)
Laura’s Woodland Warbler (Phylloscopus laurae)
Black-capped Woodland Warbler (Phylloscopus herberti)
Uganda Woodland Warbler (Phylloscopus budongoensis)
White-spectacled Warbler (Phylloscopus intermedius)
Grey-cheeked Warbler (Phylloscopus poliogenys)
Green-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus burkii)
Grey-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus tephrocephalus)
Whistler’s Warbler (Phylloscopus whistleri)
Bianchi’s Warbler (Phylloscopus valentini)
Alström’s Warbler (Phylloscopus soror)
Martens’s Warbler (Phylloscopus omeiensis)
Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)
Two-barred Warbler (Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus)
Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides)
Emei Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus emeiensis)
Large-billed Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus magnirostris)
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides)
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus tenellipes)
Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas)
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)
Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis)
Chestnut-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus castaniceps)
Sunda Warbler (Phylloscopus grammiceps)
Yellow-breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus montis)
Limestone Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus calciatilis)
Sulphur-breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus ricketti)
Yellow-vented Warbler (Phylloscopus cantator)
Western Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis)
Blyth’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus reguloides)
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus claudiae)
Hartert’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus goodsoni)
Kloss’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus ogilviegranti)
Hainan Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus hainanus)
Davison’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus intensior)
Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos)
Mountain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus trivirgatus)
Negros Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus nigrorum)
Timor Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus presbytes)
Rote Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus rotiensis)
Makira Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus makirensis)
Sulawesi Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus sarasinorum)
Kolombangara Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus amoenus)
Island Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus maforensis)


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Leaf warblers are small insectivorous birds belonging mainly to the genus Phylloscopus. They were formerly included in the Old World warbler family but are now considered to belong to the Phylloscopidae, a family created in 2006. The genus is closely related to Seicercus and some species have been moved between the two genera in recent classification attempts. Leaf warblers are active, constantly moving, often flicking their wings as they glean the foliage for insects along the branches of trees and bushes. They forage at various levels within forests, from the top canopy to the understorey. Most of the species are markedly territorial both in their summer and winter quarters.

Most are greenish or brownish above and off-white or yellowish below. Compared to some other “warblers”, their songs are very simple

Species breeding in temperate regions are usually strongly migratory.

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