Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Western Crowned Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis)


French: Pouillot couronné German: Dachskopf-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero occipital

Ph [yllopneuste]. occipitalis


, 1845,

Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, southern India




E Uzbekistan, W Tajikistan, N & E Afghanistan and NW Himalayas from NW Pakistan (Chitral S to Murree Hills) and Kashmir E to N India (Uttarakhand), perhaps W Nepal; non-breeding peninsular India (Western Ghats and hills of C India and Eastern Ghats)#R.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; 8–9 g. Medium-sized to large leaf-warbler with a long supercilium, double wingbar and indistinct crown­stripe. Has yellowish-grey median crownstripe... read more


Call a frequently given and repeated “chip”, “chit-wee” or “cheep-wip... read more


Breeds in spruce (Picea) and mixed conifer and deciduous forests, e.g. blue pine (... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly small arthropods, including flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera), small beetles (Coleoptera), lacewings (Ephemeroptera), spiders (... read more


May–Jul; one brood. Territorial. Nest, built by female, a ball comprising dry grasses, moss and animal hair, placed in hole in wall (... read more


Migratory. Departs from breeding area early; main passage through Tajikistan in Aug, through N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in breeding area; abundant in N Pakistan and NW India. May possibly breed in Nepal, but no proof of this.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Western Crowned Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis). 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 January 2020).