Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)


Ijima's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus ijimae)


French: Pouillot d’Ijima German: Ijimalaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Ijima

Acanthopneuste ijimae


, 1892,

Idzumura, Miyake-jima, Izu Islands, Japan


Was in the past sometimes considered a race of P. coronatus, or a derivative island race of P. tenellipes, but nesting preferences, vocalizations, plumage and DNA all indicate that it is a separate species. Monotypic.


Izu Is (off S Honshu) and Nakano-shima (in Tokara Is, off S Kyushu), in Japan. Non-breeding range poorly known; includes Ryukyu Is, possibly also Taiwan and N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. A medium-sized leaf-warbler with fairly long and relatively broad-based bill, prominent supercilium and broad dark eyestripe. Has long white or buffish-white... read more


Song a loud and sibilant “swss, swss, swss” or mechanical “swee-swee-swee-swee-swee”, reminiscent... read more


Lowland deciduous and mixed subtropical evergreen forest and forest edges, bamboo, alder (Alnus... read more

Food and feeding

Food, mostly small insects and seeds. Forages singly or in small groups, and also accompanies other species; often with Long-tailed Tits (... read more


Apr–Jun. Nest built 0·5–2 m above ground in alder or bamboo thicket; clutch 3–4 eggs. No other information.


Poorly known. Present from late Mar and early Apr to late Sept in breeding area on Izu Is, where... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Izu Islands EBA. Population thought likely to consist of a few thousand individuals at most. Formerly common to locally... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Ijima's Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus ijimae). 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).