Dusky Warbler

Scientific Name: Phylloscopus fuscatus
Malay Name: Cekup-Daun Perang Rawa
Chinese Name: 褐柳莺

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

Polytypic. Subspecies are: fuscatus, robustus.

Size: 12-12.5 cm

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: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Only three confirmed records with the latest being a single bird photographed at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on 22 and 23 Dec 2019. The other two records were also single bird ringed at Tuas Grassland in February 1994 and January 1995.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Phylloscopus fuscatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.