Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Sulawesi Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus sarasinorum)


French: Pouillot des Célèbes German: Celebeslaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Célebes

Cryptolopha sarasinorum

A. B. Meyer and Wiglesworth

, 1896,

Mount Lompobattang, 1300–2600 m, south Sulawesi


Subspecies exhibit differences in plumage and voice said to be “greater in magnitude” than those between many other species in present genus#R, but unpublished analysis of vocalizations suggests that differences, while detectable, are perhaps somewhat less marked. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. nesophilus (Riley, 1918) – Sulawesi Leaf-warbler – N, C & SE Sulawesi.
  • P. s. sarasinorum (A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1896) – Lompobattang Leaf-warbler – S Sulawesi.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm. A small to medium-sized leaf-warbler with brownish upperparts tinged olive-green. Nominate race has forehead and sides of crown and nape brown, broad paler central... read more


    Song is a weak, thin and variably pitched series of repetitive warbles and trills, up to c. 6... read more


    Inhabits montane moss forest and also forest edges, occurring between altitudes of 600 m and 3500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Food consists of small arthropods. Forages alone and in pairs, also commonly in mixed-species flocks. Frequents middle levels and canopy,... read more


    Eggs mid-Sept. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Common to very common, and widespread. Occurs in Dumoga-Bone and Lore Lindu National Parks.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Sulawesi Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus sarasinorum). 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).