Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Japanese Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas)


French: Pouillot de Swinhoe German: Japanlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero japonés

Phyllopneuste xanthodryas


, 1863,

Xiamen, China


Until recently considered conspecific with P. borealis and P. examinandus; differs from latter in characters given under that species. Differs from former in its clearly distinct song, with longer duration of smallest repetitive phrase (3); fewer repeated phrases per strophe (3); higher number of elements in smallest repeated phrase (ns[3]); also lower-pitched call note (ns[at least 1]); longer wing (at least 1); brighter green upperparts (1); brighter yellow underparts (1). Monotypic.

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Japan (Honshu to Kyushu); non-breeding presumably in Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Java and locally E to Moluccas#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Japanese Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas). 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 19 January 2019).