Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Grey-cheeked Warbler (Phylloscopus poliogenys)


French: Pouillot à joues grises German: Grauwangen-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero carigrís

C[ulicipeta]. poliogenys


, 1847,

Darjeeling, India


Previously placed in Seicercus; see Phylloscopidae. Closely related to P. intermedius. MtDNA indicates that Himalayan populations may be specifically distinct from Yunnan (China) and S Vietnam populations (latter two are also well differentiated); further research required. Monotypic.


E Himalayas from C Nepal E to NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh) and neighbouring parts of N Myanmar and S China (S Yunnan); also Nagaland S to Mizoram and Meghalaya (NE India), and N Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

c. 10–11 cm; one bird 6·3 g. Has crown, nape, ear-coverts and lateral margin of throat dull grey, lores dull grey with some whitish admixed; lateral crownstripe... read more


Song consists of short (c. 0·8–1·7 seconds) strophes of varied whistled notes... read more


Breeds in lush undergrowth in upper part of warm temperate broadleaf forest zone; in Himalayas at... read more

Food and feeding

Insects known to be taken, but no detailed studies of diet. Forages primarily in understorey.


Little studied. Season Apr–Jun in Himalayas and at least Apr and May in Vietnam. Nest a ball of moss and grass (grass can be missing... read more


Altitudinal migrant, descending to foothills and edges of plains in non-breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; no population estimates available.

Recommended citation

Alström, P. (2019). Grey-cheeked Warbler (Phylloscopus poliogenys). 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).