Leaf Warbler of Vietnam – Phylloscopidae

With 34 species Leaf Warblers of Vietnam, occurring over the country. Leaf Warbler has a number of species quite varied than the rest of the family species, their appearance is like some species of others such as Flycatcher & Tailorbird bonus of their tiny size so can be said that it is too hard to realize and ID them

You may know: Leaf-Warbler can live in every environment with or without the appearance of human

The overview of Leaf Warblers families

Leaf warblers are small insectivorous passerine birds belonging to the genus Phylloscopus.

Leaf Warblers were formerly included in the Old World warbler family but are now considered to belong to the family Phylloscopidae, introduced in 2006. The family originally included the genus Seicercus, but all species have been moved to Phylloscopus in the most recent classification.

Leaf Warblers are active, constantly moving, often flicking their wings as they glean the foliage for insects along the branches of trees and bushes. They forage at various levels within forests, from the top canopy to the understorey. Most of the species are markedly territorial both in their summer and winter quarters. Most are greenish or brownish above and off-white or yellowish below. Compared to some other “warblers”, their songs are very simple. Species breeding in temperate regions are usually strongly migratory.

The species are of various sizes, often green-plumaged above and yellow below, or more subdued with greyish-green to greyish-brown colours, varying little or not at all with the seasons. The tails are not very long and contain 12 feathers (unlike the similar Abroscopus species, which have 10 tail feathers). Many species are more easily identified by their distinctive songs than their dull plumage.

These are very small passerines with adult body masses that can vary from 3.5 to 17 g (0.12 to 0.60 oz) and in some cases, such as the Chinese Leaf Warbler, are among the lightest passerines anywhere. Several of the larger species are similar in size including the large-billed Leaf Warbler, Radde’s Warbler and the Pale-legged Leaf Warbler. Total length can vary from 9 to 14.5 cm (3.5 to 5.7 in).

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Leaf-Warblers of Vietnam species note

Leaf Warblers of Vietnam

Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps

Status: Common Resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour cover: Exclude Plains

Hotspot: Dalat, Kon Tum Sa Pa

60 WANEE asia

Limestone Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus calciatilis

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: North Vietnam

Hotspot: Phong Nha, Cuc Phuong, Ba Be

61 WANEE asia

Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Plains

Hotspot: Dalat, Kon Tum, Sa Pa

62 WANEE asia

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

Status: Common Pass Migrant (throughout)

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Ma Da, Tan Phu

63 WANEE asia

White-spectacled Warbler Seicercus affinis

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Highlands

Hotspot: Di Linh, Dalat, Sa Pa – Fansipan

64 WANEE asia

Buff-throated Warbler Phylloscopus subaffinis

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Nort-West

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan

65 WANEE asia

Pallas’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

Status: Uncommon Pass Migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Northern Vietnam

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan

66 WANEE asia

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus

Status: Common pass migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Jun-Aug

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Ma Da, Tan Phu, Tram Chim

67 WANEE asia

Grey-cheeked Warbler Seicercus poliogenys

Status: Rare Pass Migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour: Highlands

Hotspot: Dalat, Kon Tum, Sa Pa – Fansipan

List of all Leaf-Warblers in Vietnam

NameLevel
1Ashy-throated WarblerEasy
2Buff-barred Warbler
3Yellow-browed WarblerEasy
4Hume’s WarblerEasy
5Chinese Leaf Warbler
6Pallas’s Leaf WarblerEasy
7Gansu Leaf Warbler
8Sichuan Leaf Warbler
9Radde’s Warbler
10Yellow-streaked Warbler
11Dusky WarblerEasy
12Buff-throated Warbler
13Common ChiffchaffEasy
14Grey-cheeked Warbler
15Gray-crowned WarblerEasy
16Bianchi’s Warbler
17Martens’s Warbler
18Alström’s WarblerEasy
19Greenish WarblerEasy
20Two-barred WarblerEasy
21Pale-legged Leaf WarblerEasy
22Sakhalin Leaf Warbler
23Arctic WarblerEasy
24Chestnut-crowned WarblerEasy
25Limestone Leaf Warbler
26Yellow-vented Warbler
27Sulphur-breasted Warbler
28Blyth’s Leaf WarblerEasy
29Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
30Hartert’s Leaf Warbler
31Davison’s Leaf WarblerEasy
32Kloss’s Leaf WarblerEasy
33Eastern Crowned WarblerEasy
34White-spectacled WarblerEasy

Note: Hard – Really hard to see; Maybe – …..; Easy – Easy to see with guide; Impossible – Weak info; Lack Data – Consider out of list

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