Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Philippine Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus olivaceus)


French: Pouillot des Philippines German: Philippinenlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Mindanao

Abrornis olivacea


, 1891,

Samar, Philippines


Sometimes considered conspecific with P. cebuensis, but sympatric with that species (and also with P. trivirgatus) on Negros. Monotypic.


C & S Philippines (Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Negros, Bohol, Mindanao) and Sulu Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

11–12·5 cm; 10·1 g. ­A ­medium-sized leaf-warbler with olive-green upperparts. Has pale greenish-yellow super­cilium, dark grey lores and eyestripe; crown... read more


Call a short sharp “prrrr-chi”, frequently repeated.


Inhabits forest and forest edges in lowland and at midde elevations; to c. 1500 m on Mindanao.

Food and feeding

Food small arthropods. Forages alone or in mixed-species flocks; takes insects from outer foliage of trees and bushes.


Season Apr–Aug. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common or locally common. Occurs in Rajah Sikatuna National Park, on Bohol.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Philippine Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus olivaceus). 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 23 August 2019).