Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus)


French: Pouillot ibérique German: Iberienzilpzalp Spanish: Mosquitero ibérico

Phylloscopus collybita ibericus


, 1937,

Paul de Arzila, near Coimbra, Portugal


Previously considered a race of P. collybita. In past, erroneously listed as P. brehmii, but this name proves to apply instead to P. collybita, of which it is a junior subjective synonym#R. Recently described NW form biscayensis#R appears not safely separable#R#R. Monotypic.


SW France, NW & S Spain and Portugal, and discontinuously in N Morocco, N Algeria and NW Tunisia; winter range not well known, rarely includes NW Africa (principally Tunisia), but main area appears to be farther S, in tropical W Africa (from Senegal E to S Mali, Burkina Faso and N Ghana).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 7–8·25g. A medium-sized, rather plain-looking leaf-warbler. Has pale supercilium tinged yellowish-green (especially in front of eye), narrow but... read more


Contact note a slightly thin or nasal whistled “piu” or “pew” with downward... read more


The core population, in the northern third of the Iberian Peninsula, is associated with the... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. In Portugal, recorded as hovering while sipping nectar of blue gum trees (Eucalyptus). Diet and foraging behaviour... read more


Little known, but probably not substantially different from P. collybita. Laying mid-Apr to end May; clutch 4–5 eggs,... read more


Migratory. Non-breeding range imperfectly known but it is evidently a trans-Saharan migrant and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. The Spanish population is estimated at between 340,000 and 750,000 pairs. The Portuguese population is within the range of 10,000... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus). 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 June 2019).