Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Laura's Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus laurae)


French: Pouillot de Laura German: Lauralaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Laura

Seicercus laurae


, 1931,

Mount Moco, 6600 feet [c. 2010 m], Benguela, Angola


See P. umbrovirens. Race eustacei has been proposed as a separate species#R on basis of plumage differences; further study needed. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. laurae (Boulton, 1931) – W Angola (Mt Moco).
  • P. l. eustacei (Benson, 1954) – SE DRCongo (Upper Shaba), N & NW Zambia and extreme SW Tanzania (Kitungulu).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 7·7–9·5 g. A medium-sized, bright green leaf-warbler with yellow on face to breast, also undertail-coverts. Nominate race has bright yellow super­cilium... read more


    Song a series of clear, high-pitched, descending phrases, frequently repeated with slight variation... read more


    Swamp-forest, evergreen forest patches in miombo woodland, between 100 m and 1400 m. In W Angola,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food mostly small insects and larvae. Usually alone, in pairs or in small groups of up to ten or so individuals; also in mixed-species... read more


    Season mainly Jul–Sept; birds carrying nesting material in Aug; birds in breeding condition in Angola in Aug, in Sept in SE DRCongo,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon; locally common. Relatively poorly known species; field research on its ecology required.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Laura's Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus laurae). 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 24 August 2019).