Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Large-billed Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus magnirostris)


French: Pouillot à gros bec German: Schluchtenlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero picudo

Ph[ylloscopus]. magnirostris


, 1843,

Calcutta, India




NE Afghanistan and Kashmir E in Himalayas to Bhutan, S & C China (NE Qinghai and SW Gansu S to SE Xizang, NW Yunnan and Sichuan) and N Myanmar; non-breeding S India (Western Ghats), Sri Lanka and C & S Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

12·5–13 cm; 11·5–13 g. A large, stocky dark greenish leaf-warbler with prominent supercilium; large bill may have small hook at tip of upper mandible. Has... read more


Song, given almost throughout year (main period mid-Apr to end Aug), a series of clear whistled,... read more


Breeds in evergreen forest, mostly birch (Betula) and silver fir (Abies pindrow... read more

Food and feeding

Food mainly small insects and larvae. Solitary. Forages mostly in upper canopy and along tree branches, rather than in foliage or... read more


May–Aug/Sept; eggs recorded end Aug and early Sept, indicating possibility of two broods. Territorial. Nest a ball of loose grasses,... read more


Migratory; all populations move S or SSW to non-breeding quarters in S peninsular India, Sri Lanka... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common breeder in Himalayas of N India, C & E Nepal (uncommon in W Nepal) and Bhutan; scarce and local in N Pakistan; uncommon in C China... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Large-billed Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus magnirostris). 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 August 2019).