Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Red-faced Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus laetus)


French: Pouillot à face rousse German: Braunwangen-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero carirrojo

Cryptolopha laeta


, 1902,

Rwenzori Mountains, west Uganda


See P. umbrovirens. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. laetus (Sharpe, 1902) – NE & E DRCongo (Lendu Plateau and Rwenzori Mts S to Itombwe), SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
  • P. l. schoutedeni (Prigogine, 1955) – E DRCongo (Mt Kabobo).
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm; 8–11 g. A small to medium-sized warbler with rounded wings and shortish tail, and distinctive reddish-buff face. Nominate race has reddish-buff to warm... read more


    Call a sharp or piercing “sip sip”. Song, frequently given for long periods, loud, of two or three... read more


    Highland forest, mainly primary forest and gallery forest between 1200 m and 3100 m, especially in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food mostly small insects, particularly bugs (Hemiptera) and small beetles (Coleoptera), also spiders (Araneae); larvae also taken. Usually... read more


    Poorly known. Recorded in Jan, Feb and Aug–Sept. Nest a ball of moss, dry leaves, plant fibres and feathers, placed c. 50 cm up in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Locally common within relatively small range. Sparsely distributed in Uganda,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Red-faced Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus laetus). 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).