Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Hartert's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus goodsoni)


French: Pouillot de Goodson German: Hartertlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Hartert

Phylloscopus goodsoni

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1910,

Mt Limu Ling, Hainan


Until recently considered conspecific with P. reguloides and P. claudiae, but separated on basis of deep molecular divergence#R and vocal differences#R; this arrangement provisionally accepted here (although the taxon currently fails to meet the necessary criteria on the scoring system used herein), pending further evidence on voice, distribution and habitat. Differs from P. claudiae in plumage characters given under that form. From P. reguloides in its striking pale yellowish vs dirtier yellowish breast (2); less white in tail (1); and song apparently lacking introductory notes (1)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. g. fokiensis E. J. O. Hartert, 1917 – E & SE China (W Hubei, Guizhou and Guangxi E to Anhui and Fujian); non-breeding S China (Yunnan), N Laos and perhaps also Vietnam.
  • P. g. goodsoni E. J. O. Hartert, 1910 – SE China (Guangxi, Guangdong); non-breeding recorded in Hainan and Hong Kong.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–12 cm. A medium-sized, well-marked leaf-warbler. Nominate race has pale yellow supercilium, dark olive lores and eyestripe, broad pale yellowish central crownstripe (... read more


    Poorly known. Song “whee-cheet-a whee cheet-a…” or “chi-ti chi-ti ch-ti chi-chi…”, lacking the... read more


    Breeds in rhododendron (Rhododendron) and oak (Quercus) forests, also in moist... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food small arthropods and larvae; also small berries in autumn. Forages in canopy of tall trees and low in bushes; occasionally clings to... read more


    Few data available. Season presumably Mar/Apr–Aug. Nest a ball of grasses and similar material, concealed in hole or other cavity in stump... read more


    Migratory; some populations perhaps resident. Details not well known. In N of range, arrives in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common. This rather poorly known species has a population that is believed to be reasonably stable, and appears not to be... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Hartert's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus goodsoni). 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 21 August 2019).