Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos)


French: Pouillot à tête grise German: Graukopf-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero cabecigrís

Phyllopneuste xanthoschistos

J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray

, 1847,

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal


Previously placed in Seicercus; see Phylloscopidae. Geographical variation somewhat clinal, plumage becoming paler from E to W; races albosuperciliaris and jerdoni often treated as synonyms of nominate; proposed race pulla (described from Mishmi Hills, in NE India) merged with flavogularis. Birds from SE Xizang (in extreme S China) of uncertain racial identity, tentatively included in last-mentioned race. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. x. albosuperciliaris (Jerdon, 1863) – N Pakistan (E from Kohat), Kashmir and N India E to W Nepal.
  • P. x. xanthoschistos (J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847) – W & C Nepal.
  • P. x. jerdoni (W. E. Brooks, 1871) – E Nepal and extreme S China (S Xizang) E, including Bhutan, to NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh).
  • P. x. flavogularis (Godwin-Austen, 1877) – NE India (Abor and Mishmi Hills, in Assam), extreme S China (SE Xizang) and N Myanmar.
  • P. x. tephrodiras (Sick, 1939) – NE India (S Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur) and W & SW Myanmar (Chin Hills).
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm; 6–9 g. Small, conspicuous arboreal warbler with bright yellow underparts, lacking obvious eyering or wingbars shown by similar species. Nominate race... read more


    Song a series of short, cheerful phrases, as “tsi-tsi-tsi-weetee” or “tsi-weetsi-... read more


    Montane forests; inhabits both broadleaf forest, chiefly oak (Quercus), and mixed... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds almost entirely on tiny spiders (Araneae) and insects, including small caterpillars; small berries also taken. Forages chiefly in mid... read more


    Mar–Aug (chiefly May–Jun), coinciding with start of wet season. Nest built by both sexes, mainly by female, a globular, domed... read more


    Basically resident. Some post-breeding descent to lower elevations, including foothills, some... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and widespread throughout core range in Nepal, Bhutan and N India; distinctly uncommon towards W & E limits of range in Pakistan, Kashmir... read more

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2019). Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos). 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).