French: Pouillot montagnard German: Bergzilpzalp Spanish: Mosquitero montano
W. E. Brooks
Sukkur, Sind, Pakistan
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. lorenzii
(T. K. Lorenz, 1887) – Caucasian Chiffchaff – Caucasus S to NE Turkey and NW Iran; non-breeding largely unknown, probably at lower altitudes S to Iraq and Kuwait#R.
P. s. sindianus
W. E. Brooks, 1880 – Kashmir Chiffchaff – S Tien Shan and from Tajikistan (Pamir-Alai Mts) E to Kunlun Shan and W Altun Shan, and SE to Karakoram and NW Himalayas in Pakistan (NW Chitral, Gilgit, Baltistan) and NW India (Ladakh E to N Himachal Pradesh); non-breeding at lower elevations, mainly in S Pakistan (Sind), NC India (Haryana and W Uttar Pradesh) and probably coastal Iran.
10·5–12 cm; 5·5–8·5 g. A smallish brown to grey-brown leaf-warbler with well-defined face pattern and short primary projection. Nominate race... read more
Song of nominate race, given also in wintering area prior to migration, a series of phrases, e.g.... read more
Breeds in pine (Pinus) and birch (Betula) forests, willow (Salix) swamps... read more
Food and feeding
Food items poorly known, but include small insects and spiders (Araneae), probably also some small berries in autumn. Usually forages alone... read more
May to early Aug; two broods. Monogamous. Territorial. Nest a ball of coarse grass stems and dry leaves, plant fibres, animal hair and... read more
Migratory. Nominate race departs from breeding areas in NW Himalayas mid-Sept to early Oct, passage... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. Nominate race is uncommon in Tien Shan and Kunlun Shan E to Altun Shan, in W China; locally frequent or common breeder in N... read more
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