Family Leaf-warblers (Phylloscopidae)

Least Concern

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)


French: Pouillot siffleur German: Waldlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero silbador

Motacilla Sibillatrix [sic]


, 1792,

no locality = foothills and mountains of Thuringia Forest, Germany


Occasional hybridization recorded with P. bonelli. Original description traditionally attributed to reference by same author in following year; original spelling in currently used reference is a Latin word incorrectly spelt, which must therefore be corrected. Monotypic.


W Norway, British Is and W & S France E to SC Siberia and S through Italy, extreme N Greece, NW Turkey#R and SW & C Ukraine; also disjunctly in Crimea and NW Caucasus and, rarely, in NE Kazakhstan#R. Winters in Africa mainly from Sierra Leone and S Guinea E to S South Sudan, N DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and S Somalia.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; 6·4–15 g. A medium-sized to large leaf-warbler with long pointed wings and relatively short tail, bright green upperparts, well-defined... read more


Song, mostly mid-Apr to early Jul but regularly from Feb on migration, also irregularly in... read more


Breeds in moist and shady lowland deciduous woods, typically beech (Fagus), mixed oak (... read more

Food and feeding

Food principally invertebrates; some fruit also taken. Most items are adult mayflies (Ephemeroptera), damselflies (Odonata), stoneflies (... read more


May–Jul; usually single-brooded, in C France sometimes two broods. Mostly monogamous, also frequently polygamous. Territory... read more


Migratory. Spends non-breeding season in guinean forest of sub-Saharan Africa. European population... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Population in Europe stable and estimated at between 6,000,000 and 7,000,000 pairs, with most in Germany, Estonia and Latvia. Belarus... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix). 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 12 December 2019).