Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Martens's Warbler (Phylloscopus omeiensis)


French: Pouillot de Martens German: Omeilaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Martens
Other common names: Omei Warbler, Emei Shan Warbler

Seicercus omeiensis

Martens et al.

, 1999,

Emei Shan, Sichuan, China


Recently described species#R, previously placed in Seicercus; see Phylloscopidae. Formerly treated as part of P. burkii; present species differs vocally from all others in that complex#R. Monotypic.


EC China (N Yunnan, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Hubei, Guizhou, probably also S Gansu); non-breeding SE Asia.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Has median crownstripe dull pale grey to bright grey with very little pale greenish admixed, especially on forehead (rarely, forehead nearly all green);... read more


Song consists of short (c. 0·6–1·3 seconds) abrupt strophes of varied whistled... read more


Breeds in upper part of warm temperate evergreen broadleaf forest zone, and in lower part of cool... read more

Food and feeding

Known to eat insects, but no studies undertaken. Forages mainly in understorey; catching of prey often involves short flights.


No certain information, primarily as a result of previous taxonomic confusion. On basis of male singing activity, main season probably May... read more


Migratory. Non-breeding distribution poorly known; common winter visitor to continental Thailand,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally abundant within very small known range. No population estimates available.

Recommended citation

Alström, P. (2019). Martens's Warbler (Phylloscopus omeiensis). 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 June 2019).