Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Grey-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus tephrocephalus)


French: Pouillot à calotte grise German: Grauscheitel-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero coronigrís

Culicipeta tephrocephalus

J. Anderson

, 1871,

Bhamo, north-east Myanmar


Previously placed in Seicercus; see Phylloscopidae. Formerly treated as conspecific with P. burkii, which see. Populations from W & N portions of range may constitute separate races; formerly recognized race distinctus appears to be synonymous with topotypical tephrocephalus. Monotypic.


NE India (Nagaland, Mizoram), W & N Myanmar, S, EC & E China (Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Hubei, Zhejiang) and N Vietnam; non-breeding mainly E & S Myanmar and NW Thailand E to extreme S China and N Indochina.

Descriptive notes

c. 10–11 cm. Has median crownstripe bright grey with very little or no greenish admixed (forehead rarely rather greenish), black lateral crownstripe (usually distinct... read more


Song consists of short (c. 0·8–1·7 seconds) abrupt strophes that usually begin... read more


Breeds in upper part of warm temperate evergreen broadleaf forest zone, and in lower part of cool... read more

Food and feeding

Known to eat insects, but no studies undertaken. Forages mainly in understorey; catching of prey often involves short flights.


Few data, partly as a result of previous taxonomic confusion. On basis of male singing activity, main season probably May–Jun in... read more


Probably resident in NE India (Mizoram), W Myanmar and N Vietnam. Non-breeding visitor in S Myanmar... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally abundant, but no population estimates available. No significant threats detected.

Recommended citation

Alström, P. (2019). Grey-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus tephrocephalus). 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 18 August 2019).