Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)


Hainan Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus hainanus)


French: Pouillot de Hainan German: Hainanlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Hainan

Phylloscopus hainanus

Olsson et al.

, 1993,

Diao Lou, Lingshui County, Hainan, China


Recent phylogenetic study#R indicates that this species is genetically very close to P. ogilviegranti, although plumages clearly different. Monotypic.


Hainan, in S China.

Descriptive notes

c. 11 cm. A rather small, “ordinarily” built leaf-warbler with prominently yellow head stripes, wingbars and underparts. Median crownstripe is pale yellow, extending to bill... read more


Song consists of short strophes of high-pitched varied notes, strophes separated by pauses usually... read more


Mainly secondary broadleaf forest at edges of mature tropical forest; much less common in primary... read more

Food and feeding

Known to eat insects, but no studies undertaken. Singly and in pairs, but has been recorded in flocks of up to 30; also joins mixed-species... read more


Little known. One nest with nearly fully grown young and several pairs with fledged young observed in late Apr; season appears to be over... read more


No information. Probably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Hainan EBA. Locally common on Hainan, where it occurs in S part of the island. Recorded at only a small number of sites (... read more

Recommended citation

Alström, P. (2019). Hainan Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus hainanus). 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 22 August 2019).