Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Plain Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus neglectus)


French: Pouillot modeste German: Eichenlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero sencillo

Phylloscopus neglectus

A. O. Hume

, 1870,

Bahawalpur, Pakistan


Formerly treated as a race of P. collybita owing to supposed general similarity in voice, but later considered a separate species on basis of concrete vocal differences as well as morphology. Monotypic.


Mountains of Iran, S Turkmenistan, E Uzbekistan, W Tajikistan, N & SE Afghanistan and W Pakistan (Baluchistan), recorded once in SE Turkey#R; non-breeding coastal Iran, C & S Pakistan, NW India, United Arab Emirates and N Oman.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 4·2–7 g. Small, short-tailed leaf-warbler, only slightly larger than Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), with plain or inconspicuous appearance... read more


Song, often given also throughout non-breeding season, a soft twittering warble comprising varying... read more


Breeds between 2400 m and 4200 m in oak (Quercus) forest, low bushes in juniper (... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly small insects and larvae. Forages usually alone in winter, but often in pairs in summer. Active and agile in upper foliage of... read more


Season Apr–Jul. Nest a ball of grass, moss and feathers, placed up to 1 m from ground in scrub or clump of low shrubs. Clutch 3... read more


Migratory, mostly over short distances; some birds may winter within overall breeding range, but at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally common in breeding season from Iran E to Baluchistan. Status in Turkey unclear, several records (one documented by description and... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Plain Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus neglectus). 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 18 August 2019).