Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Pale-legged Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus tenellipes)


French: Pouillot à pattes claires German: Ussurilaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero paticlaro

Phylloscopus tenellipes


, 1860,

Xiamen (Amoy), Fujian, south-east China


See P. borealoides. Has in the past been considered conspecific also with P. ijimae. Monotypic.


SE Russia (Amurland, Ussuriland), extreme NE China (E Heilongjiang, E Jilin and E Liaoning) and N Korea; non-breeding SE Asia (S Myanmar E to Cambodia and S Vietnam, S to Malay Peninsula), occasionally Hainan.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 13·5 g. A medium-sized, short-billed brownish leaf-warbler with two buffish wingbars and distinctive pale pink legs. Has long creamy (or buffish in front of... read more


Song, from arrival in breeding area to early Jul, a short orthopteran-like trill, “... read more


Breeds in sparse deciduous forest and woodland in river valleys and in undergrowth in hills, at up... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly small insects. Generally secretive. Forages low down in vegetation or on the ground, rarely very high; keeps to undergrowth and... read more


Season late May to late Jul; laying from early Jun in Ussuriland. Nest a ball of grasses, moss and similar material, generally concealed... read more


Migratory; entire population moves S to winter in SE Asia. Departs from Russian breeding areas (in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common or locally common; possibly overlooked. Uncommon on migration through E China; common in winter in S Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and S... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Pale-legged Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus tenellipes). 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 25 August 2019).