Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Blyth's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus reguloides)


French: Pouillot de Blyth German: Streifenkopf-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Blyth

Phyllopneuste reguloides


, 1842,

Darjeeling, India


DNA studies suggest close relationship to P. occipitalis. Until recently considered conspecific with P. claudiae and P. goodsoni. Evidence from mtDNA indicates that kashmiriensis is genetically identical to Himalayan populations of nominate (from which hardly distinct in plumage and voice), and perhaps better merged with latter; populations from S China (Yunnan), NW Thailand, E Myanmar and N Vietnam, previously placed in assamensis, now transferred to ticehursti on basis of molecular data#R. Further research required. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. kashmiriensis Ticehurst, 1933 – NW Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) and Kashmir E to N India (Simla E to Garhwal); non-breeding in foothills.
  • P. r. reguloides (Blyth, 1842) – C Himalayas in N India (Kumaon) and Nepal E to Bhutan; non-breeding in foothills in Nepal E to N Bangladesh, NE India and possibly Myanmar.
  • P. r. assamensis E. J. O. Hartert, 1921 – E Himalayas of NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur), SE Bangladesh (Chittagong Hills), S China (SE Xizang) and in N & W Myanmar; non-breeding at lower levels E from Sikkim and S to Bangladesh and S Myanmar.
  • P. r. ticehursti Delacour & Greenway, 1939 – S China (Yunnan, SW Sichuan), E Myanmar, NW Thailand (Doi Inthanon) and Vietnam (W Tonkin and, disjunctly, Langbian Plateau in S Annam)#R; non-breeding at lower levels.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–12 cm; 6·2–9·4 g. A medium-sized, well-marked leaf-warbler. Nominate race has long pale yellow super­cilium, dark olive... read more


    Call a frequently repeated disyllabic “pit-cha” or “pit-chee”, or... read more


    Breeds in rhododendron (Rhododendron) and oak (Quercus) forests, also locally in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food small arthropods and larvae; small berries occasionally taken in autumn. Feeds in upper levels of tall trees and low down in bushes;... read more


    Season Feb–Aug. Nest built by both sexes, a ball of grasses, stems and other material, placed in hole in tree stump, on ground under... read more


    Migratory; some populations resident. Himalayan populations mainly altitudinal migrants, descending... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread in most of range. Common in N Indian Subcontinent, especially in NE parts, but rare and local in N Pakistan;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Blyth's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus reguloides). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 December 2019).