Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

San Cristobal Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus makirensis)

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this taxon is now lumped within Island Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus poliocephalus).


French: Pouillot de San Cristobal German: San-Cristobal-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de San Cristóbal

Phylloscopus trivirgatus makirensis


, 1935,

San Cristobal, Solomon Islands


Relationships uncertain. Has been considered conspecific with P. poliocephalus; both previously thought to form a superspecies with P. trivirgatus, P. sarasinorum and P. presbytes, but this treatment is not supported by findings from recent molecular-genetic studies. Detailed review of all leaf-warbler taxa in Indonesia, Wallacea, New Guinea and Solomon Is may lead to considerable changes from present arrangement. Monotypic.


San Cristobal, in S Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Has crown to nape, cheek and ear-coverts greyish-brown, with pale or indistinct whitish supercilium, and broad dark eyestripe; upperparts dull olive-green,... read more


Song a repeated simple high-pitched warble of c. 6 rising notes, similar to that of P.... read more


Inhabits primary and secondary forest above 500 m; more common in montane forest.

Food and feeding

No details available on diet. Singles and groups of up to five individuals glean actively in canopy, often with mixed-species flocks.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common within its tiny global range. Protected within the Hauta Conservation Area.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). San Cristobal Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus makirensis). 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 16 February 2019).