Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Brooks's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus subviridis)


French: Pouillot de Brooks German: Brookslaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Brooks

Reguloides subviridis

W. E. Brooks

, 1872,

Etawah and Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India




NE Afghanistan and N & NW Pakistan; non-breeding NC Pakistan and NW India (Punjab E to W Uttar Pradesh).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 5–6 g. A small to medium-sized olive-green leaf-warbler with well-defined supercilium and two wingbars. Has indistinct pale yellow central crownstripe,... read more


Song, on spring migration and into breeding season, a long series of phrases, some of which are... read more


Breeds in coniferous forest, principally spruce (Picea), silver fir (Abies) and... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly small insects and larvae. Forages alone or in pairs; in non-breeding season also in mixed-species flocks, often with other... read more


Rather poorly known. Season May–July. Nest (only one described) is a ball of dry coarse grasses, lined with fine plant fibres and... read more


Altitudinal migrant. Departs from breeding area from mid-Sept; return passage through Punjab from... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Himalayas EBA. Locally common in N Pakistan; uncommon or local in N India.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Brooks's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus subviridis). 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 23 August 2019).