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Subspecies P. s. lorenzii
Photo by demokritos
Ispir, Turkey
Phylloscopus sindianus

Includes: Caucasian Chiffchaff



The Caucasus Mountains and Himalayas.


P. s. sindianus
Photo by Rajiv Lather
Leh, Ladakh, India, October 2006

Has been considered conspecific with Common Chiffchaff, but differs in vocalizations (Martens & Hänel 1981, Martens 1982), external morphology (Cramp 1992), and mtDNA sequences (Helbig et al. 1996).


Two subspecis recognised[1]:

The subspecies appear to be distinct vocally (Martens 1982), and also show some difference in mtDNA sequences (Helbig et al. 1996); they are maintained at subspecies rank pending further research (Sangster et al. 2001). As a full species, lorenzii would be called Caucasian Chiffchaff.


Observed at heights between 2600 and 3250 m.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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