Dusky Warbler

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Scientific Name: Phylloscopus fuscatus

Malay Name: Cekup-Daun Perang Rawa

Chinese Name: 褐柳莺

Range: Found from eastern Eurasia, northern China to Siberia and winters to the Indian subcontinent, southern China, Indochina and the Thai-Malay Peninsula

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: fuscatus, robustus.

Size: 12-12.5 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Arctic Warbler but has dark to greyish-brown uppperparts without any pale wing bars, dirty-whitish underparts and buffish wash on breast-sides, flanks and undertail-coverts.

Similar looking species: Arctic Warbler

Habitat: Open areas and often in wetter habitats than other Phylloscopus warblers.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents low bushes and small trees, usually within the vicinity of water.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Phylloscopus fuscatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22715264A94445738.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.