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Gunung Ambang, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Phylloscopus nesophilus


11 cm. A small to medium-sized Leaf Warbler.

  • Brownish upperparts tinged olive-green
  • Brown forehead and sides of crown and nape
  • Supercilium paler than surroundings
  • Dark brown lores and narrow eyestripe
  • Slightly darker brown flight-feathers, edged olive-green
  • Pale brown tail, outer Rectrices show some white when spread
  • Underparts whitish or washed yellowish, breast side and flanks with olive or olive-grey wash
  • Dark horn bill, base of lower mandible pale yellow or yellowish-orange
  • Slate-grey legs

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed

Similar species

Lompobattang Leaf Warbler shows a pale central crown stripe and a wing bar, in addition to having a wing bar.

Arctic Warbler, Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, and Japanese Leaf Warbler which occur as migrants all appear paler in the field and has a pale wing bar but lacks white in tail and central crown stripe.


Endemic to mountains in most of Sulawesi, Indonesia (except the south-west area).

A common to very common restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly included Lompobattang Leaf Warbler.


Found in montane moss forest and forest edges. Occurs between 600 and 3500 m.



Feeds on small insects.
Forages singly or in pairs, also in mixes-species flocks. Usually in middle levels and canopy of forest.


Eggs recorded in mid-September. No other information available.


This is a sedentary species.


Described as rambling and varied, more so than the Lompobattang Leaf Warbler.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  4. Eaton, JA, B van Balen, NW Brickle, FE Rheindt 2021. Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago (Greater Sundas and Wallacea), Second Edition. Lynx Editions. ISBN978-84-16728-44-2
  5. Clement, P. (2022). Sulawesi Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus nesophilus), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.sulwar1.01.1

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