Smoky Warbler

Smoky Warbler Phylloscopus fuligiventer fuligiventer is in Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet; tibetanus in southeast Tibet; and weigoldi in eastern Qinghai, eastern Tibet, and northwest Sichuan. Non-breeding mainly at lower altitudes in northeast Indian Subcontinent. HABITAT Breeds in dense scrub above timberline, between 3000-5000 m (9,840-16,400 ft.). ID & COMPARISON High-altitude and western Chinese counterpart of Dusky Warbler P. fuscatus. Like Dusky, drab-brown, slender, lacking wingbars and with thin bill and distinct buffish-white supercilium. Smoky has darker, sooty-brown upperparts, mainly dusky-olive underparts, shorter and less distinct supercilium behind eye, shorter tail, and darker lower mandible and legs. Race weigoldi much paler below and similar to Dusky; fuligiventer has obvious yellowish tinge to underparts. Sulphur-bellied Warbler P. griseolus and Tickell’s Leaf Warbler P. affinis are paler and more yellow below and on supercilium. VOICE Call a more rolling chrek than Dusky. Song a single note, tsli, repeated up to 10 times, slower, simpler, and less melodious than Dusky. — Craig Brelsford


Smoky Warbler Phylloscopus fuligiventer, song, Qinghai, China, July (Craig Brelsford)


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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