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Photo © by scottishdude
Goa, India, 12 March 2009
Phylloscopus trochiloides


10–11·5 cm

  • Greyish-green (or dark green) upperparts
  • Off-white underparts
  • Long supercilium (from bill to nape)

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Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh, India, 28 January 2015

It has a single wing bar unlike most similar species, except Arctic Warbler, which is slightly larger and has a thicker bill.


Europe, Africa and Asia
Eastern Europe: Scandinavia : Sweden, Finland, Denmark; Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine
Northern Africa: occurs only in Egypt
Middle East: Turkey, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and Georgia
Asia: Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Andaman, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Korea
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Malay Peninsula

This species occurs as a spring or early autumn vagrant in western Europe and is annual in Great Britain.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • P. t. viridanus:
  • P. t. trochiloides:
  • P. t. ludlowi:
  • Western Himalayas (Gilgit and Kashmir to Kumaon); winters to southern India
  • P. t. obscuratus:

Two-barred Warbler and Green Warbler are sometimes included in this species.


Mixed birch woodland and conifer forests, both lowland and montane. Breeds up to heights around 4500 m.


This warbler is strongly migratory.


It breeds in lowland forests. The nest is on the ground in low shrub.


The diet consists mostly of insects.


Its song is a high jerky trill.

Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China, August 2011


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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