Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Western Crowned Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis)


Taxonomy

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

Ph [yllopneuste]. occipitalis

Blyth

, 1845,

Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, southern India

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58893 on 19 January 2018).